Lonzo Ball’s pre-draft process, or really his life, have been far from normal. Now, most NBA Draft prospects don’t exactly have “normal” childhoods, but Ball’s has been an outlier even by those standards, as anyone even tangentially aware of his father LaVar Ball knows.
In a hilarious new commercial for Foot Locker, Lonzo joined fellow 2017 top prospects Jonathan Isaac, De’Aaron Fox, and Jayson Tatum in discussing their favorite memories of their dads for Father’s Day.
While Isaac, Fox and Tatum shared memories of driveway games of one-on-one and driving, fishing and long drives to basketball tournaments, Lonzo interjected with touching moments like this.
“Of course there's that big day when your dad berates your high school coach, in front of an entire crowd for not getting you enough touches,” he deadpanned. “Or that special moment when your dad sits you down and tells you where you're going to college, copyrights your name to make it a part of a family lifestyle brand, went on First Take and shouted back-and-forth with Stephen A. Smith about how you're already better than the reigning league MVP.”
Lonzo wasn’t done.
“All those interviews from the stands during college games, the public spats with all-time greats, soundbite after soundbite to the national media, and then tells 29 out of 30 teams to not bother drafting you,” Lonzo continued, without even cracking a smile.
The whole thing is hilarious, and you can watch it here:
June 14, 2017
Lonzo and LaVar have been a huge talking point throughout the pre-draft process. This was a really great way to make light of how bizarre their journey has been, and kudos to Foot Locker and the Ball brood for being willing to poke fun at themselves.
This is the type of thing that makes me think LaVar might just be in on the joke, and that his brashness is less of a problem, and more of just a strategy to get the Ball name in the news for promotional purposes. As long as he does more of staying in this lane, and less of telling female co-hosts to stay in theirs, then he might not be as much of an issue as some think.
Either that, or he’ll storm the court during a Lakers game and yell at Luke Walton at some point this season. As Lonzo makes clear in the commercial above, anything could happen, really.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.