It didn’t take long for LaVar Ball’s mouth to affect Lonzo Ball’s game.
Moments after Lonzo realized a dream by being drafted No. 2 overall to the Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft, his father took to a microphone and began making the kind of promises that have rubbed people the wrong way.
He promised, in his typical style, that his son would lead the Lakers to the playoffs.
Understand, the Lakers have had the No. 2 pick for three straight years, and they had the third-worst record in the league last season. So it’s not surprising that Los Angeles coach Luke Walton quickly downplayed Ball’s claims to the Lakers faithful. But some damage was already done.
Just moments after the interview, Sixers forward Ben Simmons -- the No. 1 pick from the 2016 draft -- took to Twitter to dispute LaVar’s claims.
Following that, Simmons’ teammate Joel Embiid, put out a tweet that quickly went viral.
And before LaVar left, he was booed out of the arena.
Later, in an interview with Lakers reporters, Lonzo was asked about Embiid’s tweet. He said it was funny.