Joel Embiid

As Lonzo Ball's play does the talking, his dad LaVar needs to quiet down

As Lonzo Ball's play does the talking, his dad LaVar needs to quiet down

It took Lonzo Ball 19 years to make the storybook trip from Chino Hills to UCLA to the Lakers.

It took his father LaVar about two minutes to hijack the journey.

Almost immediately after Lonzo was smartly selected by the Lakers as the number-two overall pick in the 2017 draft Thursday, his infamously big-mouthed Pops popped off.

In an interview with ESPN, instead of simply singing his son’s praises, he widened the target that already sits on his son’s back.

“Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year,” LaVar chortled. “Come see me when he does. I’ll have another hat on that says, ‘I told you so.’”

And so perhaps the Lakers welcomed...

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