WARR contributor Josh Hicks offers his thoughts on the Chicago Bulls and the NBA
There is a lot of young talent emerging in the 2017 NBA Draft that can make a big difference in the now guard-oriented league.
Kentucky stars Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox and Kansas’ Josh Jackson are just a few of the notable names that are going to be available in the lottery, but the most recognized name of them all is UCLA star Lonzo Ball, and that’s not to say anything of his dad Lavar, who has become as recognizable a name in basketball as any in 2017.
The younger Ball is projected to be a potential top-3 lottery pick and he rightfully should be, after averaging 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds and leading the Bruins to the sweet sixteen. At 6’6, Lonzo is a Jason Kidd- like point guard has a lot of potential to be a star in the pros, but he will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders to deliver for one reasons: his father.
Mr. Ball has made some pretty bold statements in regards to his son, stating that his son can make a bigger impact than Magic Johnson if selected by the Lakers and that all three of his sons (two of whom are still at Chino Hills High School and bound – for now – to UCLA) are worth billions as a unit and a brand. Papa Ball even trafficked in some blasphemy, making the silly claim that at one point he could have won a game of one-on-one against the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan.
Since putting himself all the way out there we’ve all found out that Lavar only averaged two points in college and played a semester’s worth of professional football — not exactly world class athlete bonifides — so how can he be truly believe to say that an NBA Hall of Famer, let alone one of the very best one-on-one players in history, can be beaten in his own game? It is called public relations!
Lavar Ball has proven that his plan in hyping up his son’s platform so his son(s) have the opportunity to make the best future possible is something all parents would do if they want their kids to be successful, and he has become very successful at this media campaign so far. Senior Ball’s comments have created so much frenzy that he has every anchor, commentator, reporter and sports debate show in Los Angeles baffled behind the belligerent comments. As a matter of fact, it has gotten to a point where he might actually believe the lies.
But Mr. Ball must be careful, because although he is promoting his children, he is also adding unwanted pressure to his son’s future. When Lonzo enters the league, he now has to perform at an elite level and make the huge impact that his father demands, especially if he is drafted by the hometown Lakers who are in search of another star whose magnetism matches their ability to Ball (pun intended).
Lonzo definitely has the confidence, claiming he is better than potential number one draft pick Washington product Markelle Fultz. As we approach the draft, we shall see what the future holds for the Ball show.
Joshua M. Hicks is a sports writer and broadcaster and a recent graduate of Roosevelt University, follow him on Twitter @jhicks042