As expected, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the #2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday. Lonzo posed on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

The 19-year-old 6’6” point guard averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6 rebounds per game in his lone season at UCLA. He also set a single-season record with 274 assists.

“Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year,” Lonzo’s outspoken dad LaVar Ball told Jeff Goodman of ESPN on Thursday.

Lonzo agreed with his father: “That’s the goal. You don’t play to lose. That’s definitely the goal. That’s the plan.”

But Lakers head coach Luke Walton wasn’t as optimistic.

“Right now, I’m hoping [Lonzo] leads us to a couple summer league victories, and we’ll take it from there.”

Walton suggested LaVar’s comments may put a target on Lonzo’s back.

“I think it will make it more challenging, a little bit, but I think every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back,” Walton added. “I had a target on my back from my own teammates because of things my dad said, but it ended up working out.”

Markelle Fultz was selected #1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Fultz, 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds a game in his one season at Washington.

And the Boston Celtics selected Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the #3 overall pick.

Photos by Mike Stobe/Getty Images



  • Mrs.Meenie

    That is a lot of pressure for this young man, I hope he can pull it off. Dad has been talking all kinds of crap so I hope he can back all this up. I don’t think he cares about his boys mental and emotional states, he just cares if they get into the NBA and that is as far as his love goes for them. Let’s see what happens if one doesn’t make it to the NBA, I think Dad would lose his marbles.

  • Sexy CJ

    Congrats Lonzo……Let’s Go….Let’s Get It Baby…..Let’s Us See What U Working With Son !!!………

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0be5fcdf6637acf1e577cd61dc1c1542317d7cff78ccbe1727aa482049f766e4.jpg

  • Petty Rubble

    Lavar is annoying and i hope the young lad lives up to the hype

  • Yardgirl

    The pressure on college players is sick!! I am in UConn country and it’s no joke. I am in the minority who feel that players should at least finish college before going to the NBA. Too many uneducated millionaires who end up losing it all. Oh wells, congrats!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    As a Laker fan, I was hoping we didn’t pick Lonzo. Not because he’s not good, but because of his father, who just never knows when to shut up. Lavar comes off as one of those overbearing sports parents who try to live vicariously through their kids. Sad.

  • Soda

    That hat must have been special-made to fit to his gigantic jug head.

  • imright

    ppl need to stop hating on Mr Ball. Hes a proud, active and loving BLACK FATHER !!! tf is wrong with ppl tellin Lonzo to rebel againt his FATHER !!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. But if my kid clearly had the talent to clearly be a top-5 draft pick I’d say go for it. No use playing for free in college for 4 years if you have an NBA talent level. And with that multi-million dollar contract, even if you’re a bust in the pros, you can always pay for college later on.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Good luck to the uglass Ball boys, but their father make it hard to even like them. Yea, he did a good job bringing up three cross breed kids who have respect for him, but he’s an as$.

    This also goes to show you that NOT all mixed kids are cute. #StayWoke

  • JerseyMom

    Where is this boy’s Mama tho?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    My wife likes to say “every man looks cute when standing on a fat wallet” haha.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    “I had a target on my back from my own teammates because of things my dad said, but it ended up working out.”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    WHET?

    Dear Luke:

    BRUH! Your daddy was one of the BEST big men to EVER damn it do it. Bill Walton was THE shit! This boy daddy a loud mouth never damn was on NAH NBA court. This is apples to those little itty bitty oranges that NOBODY likes.

    Getcho life for this here comment Coach Walton.

    Your sister in Christ AND Basketball,

    ME

  • Jen_no_juice

    Good luck to him. He had a lot to live up to since his dad is putting him out there. I think if his dad had a lol more humility then folks would be more acceptable

  • Jen_no_juice

    I think if he had some tact behind it, people would get it

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Tina had a stroke and is now being hidden in a hospital/physical rehab or just out of the public eye according her family

  • Ms. Cree

    Seems fitting.

  • JV

    You got the second best player in the draft though. I think he’ll at least be a legit 3 point shooter and he has good size for a defender at his position. Paul George is 100% going to the Lakers in one year (assuming he’s not traded and signs a contract with Boston, Cleveland, etc) and you guys are going to have a great team. Future looks bright I’d say.

  • shalynneb1

    the sad part of it all is Lavar never told his sons she was in the hospital. A family member of Tina’s called Lonzo and told him. Lavar said they needed to stay focused on playing ball.

  • Hill Candy

    Geez look just like his dad.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Even his comments towards his sick wife are crude. I DO NOT LIKE THIS MAN

    “I didn’t want to make it into a movie where they’re like, ‘Lonzo’s playing for his mom,” LaVar told ESPN. “Everybody was like, ‘What is LaVar doing? Don’t worry about what I’m doing. I take care of mine…She’s the one. Just so smooth. She’s not like other girls. She’s tough, smart, pretty. I told my wife, ‘I been with you so long, you can have one eye drooped and your mouth over here like this and you’re still beautiful to me. I look at you the same way. That ain’t gonna never change.”

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Absolutely. This is a good time to be a Laker fan. Things are looking up, for sure. I just wish his dad would just learn to put a muzzle on his mouth though. Unfortunately, that probably wont happen, so we’ll just take the good with the bad, and keep it moving.

  • Genia

    except Flavah Flav…he could be standing on an entire bank vault…

  • JV

    He lives vicariously through his children. That’s bad parenting. Also, he’s constantly saying stupid stuff like this:

    —–
    Goodman asked LaVar whether he knew Lonzo would be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. LaVar said, “I told you — from the words of Zeus, Jesus, everybody said he’s gonna be a Laker. They told me before they told y’all.”
    —–

    OK, Mr. Clash of the Titans. He’s an arrogant, sophomoric self-promoter. If LaVar Ball gets a pass for his idiocy, the bar is set extremely low.

  • Yardgirl

    I see what you are saying. I have several D1 family members and let’s just say I am glad they went the education route.

  • WutizaGRANNY!
  • Ni Ni

    He’s a funny looking lil fellow. Maybe facial hair will help.

  • Dowoop

    Thats kind of harsh to sy about kids.

  • shalynneb1

    I agree the stuff he says about her is awful. Her married her to be a stepford wife nothing more then a breeder for his kids. “She wants to talk, and she can get out a few words…I’m rebooting her right now. She’s saying, ‘LaVar, you’re right. You are right.’ That’s all I want to hear her say. Now we can get another 25 years having a good time. She is going to get better with me.” she cannot talk but can say Lavar your right. OK

  • JV

    Real story of the NBA Draft:

    #1 Boston was stupid to give up the #1 — Fultz is going to be goooood. Phila goes top 4 in the East this year.

    #2 The Bulls got absolutely fleeced for Jimmy Butler. FLEECED!! They got a rookie who showed nothing last year, a guy coming off of ACL surgery, and they moved up a few spots in the draft. TERRIBLE.

  • Genia

    So i don’t understand, this father can’t celebrate or be publicly excited about his children’s talents? And to do so is going to reflect poorly on his sons?

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good morning Roses! It’s Friday! Let’s have a great day.

  • JV

    And you got out of the Mozgov contract. It cost Russell, but whatever, Lonzo and Russell wouldn’t have fit on the same team anyway most likely.

  • the guest

    I like the spirit and drive of LaVar Ball. In these times it takes over the top extreme belief and advocating for ones children to assure their success against the odds. Congratulations to his son’s successful draft as a Laker.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    You too Caramel.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Thanks. I’m not hiding I just thought I would embrace my other half… Same Avatar just a different flavor…lol
    Don’t know how long I will be here though… I had to take a break and probably will again. Only come back in spurts.

  • the guest

    Off Topic, I’m so happy Damario Jackson has refused to return to Bachelor In Paradise. If he returned they would have set him up for sure. So glad he was smart enough to walk away. Hope he’s smart enough to sue now.

  • soujourn_erets

    It’s because he’s negro.

  • Genia

    he can’t sue the show, the network, or the producers. The contract is iron clad and they sign waivers…the waiver even releases the network, the show and the producers from liability if someone dies…he may be able to sue the girl however.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    You are on the wrong blog. Go to TMZ you will be right at home there.
    #Blocked

  • soujourn_erets

    Boston is known for horrible draft pick. I mean, remember Billups, Joe Johnson, Mercer? Tatum is the best draft pick that they’ve chosen in years. But, Fultz is the best player. They should’ve picked him up and trade for Thomas

  • Please Stop The Madness

    That is not it. Cheer for your boy. By all means. But in the process he has downed a child (LeBron’s son), downed white players..of which his son is HALF WHITE (blamed the Bruins losses on “slow white guys”), talked shit about the very entity he was trying to get his son on with (the NBA), offended the media…the list is LONG.

  • soujourn_erets

    The media cannot stomach a strong, outspoken black father.

    Good morning to you too.

  • JV

    Yeah I mean I love Isaiah Thomas. Him and Kyrie are my #2 and #1 favs to watch. But Thomas is like close to my height lol, and I know I can’t guard a 6’11 power forward if they switched him on me. He needs to play for a team with a strong system defense where he’s not going to get exposed. I think the Spurs should trade for him. On the right team I think he gets a ring because he’s special offensively. You’d think the C’s have a good defense, but then you watch what LeBron does to them every year + they can’t rebound.

  • KcoolMuziq

    His reputation is COMPLETELY ruined! Also they meant to do that to him and didn’t even care.

  • soujourn_erets

    You’re spot on.

  • the guest

    I wish he never went on that show. I still can’t believe a brother read that show’s concept and went on that show. And then to have relations on camera??? What rock has be been living under that he didn’t think she would accuse him of rape.

  • the guest

    Sad.

  • soujourn_erets

    The Knicks French guard looks legit. The fact that he flew back for a finals sounds promising. The kid turned pro at 15! That’s dope

  • Anunnaki

    lmaooooo, stop it

  • JV

    I didn’t even watch the draft (not coincidentally the Cavs didn’t have a pick) and went to go see who the Knicks got, I saw they drafted Ognjen Jaramaz from Serbia. Look at this dude’s uniform! LOL I’ve gone blind!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47017e00b3d2ccbdcb3ce29c05f394b64d08a06a13d4ccdeffed6fa6e6ad0d32.jpg

    Ah-hahahaha those shorts!!

  • the guest

    I love how this father celebrates his kids LOUDLY and champions them! If parents don’t do it, no one will! People hate that he has a present father which goes against expected stereotype.

    Parents define their children’s worth not society.

    Society and oppression have black folks minds so twisted into playing their kids down and small to appear humble and make others feel comfortable.

  • soujourn_erets

    Lol.

    I think the NBA is going to start placing advertisements on their jerseys too.

    And, I hope he frames that pic lol

  • soujourn_erets

    Spot on. They rather the great positive stories of the single mothers, the “hi moms” after every interview. Not, “big baller brand”. Lavar is just like your average CEO in corporate America. The last CEO I worked for was worse than Lavar lol.

    I wish that we start seeing the promoting of the importance of parenting and not having single parent homes.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If Lavar didn’t have son’s who are talented athletes, he’d end up being that sleazy used car salesman that makes you want to take a shower after talking to him.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!! I betcha he’d sell a lot of cars, too!!!

  • JV

    Yeah they already are. Cavs are going to have a Goodyear patch on their jersey. I think Brooklyn’s getting a patch too — it’s looks godawful too, it’s red or something. At least the Cavs’ matches the jersey.

  • Quitedeliteful

    He’d be a fool to return for sure. He dodged a bullet…

  • Quitedeliteful

    And a coco-loco!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Sometimes you gotta take a break. It gets rough in here….

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW… I knew he was a loudmouth cheering for his sons as hard as he could but I didn’t know he was downing everybody else in the process — not a good look…

  • Quitedeliteful

    Loving the colors!!! The will blind his opponents for sure!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Everything I’ve seen or heard of him – just seems like a happy dad trying to live vicariously through his son. No one’s saying he cant be a proud dad, seems he runs his mouth too much for his son not to have produced nba results yet.

  • Renee26

    He’s soooo ugly! I couldn’t help it…..the arrogance is annoying. He better live up to what he and his daddy thinks he can!

  • Genia

    I agree with soujour_erets, you’re spot on. He doesn’t fit the standard NBA player story; raised by a single mother, put a ball in his hands, so he couldn’t put a gun in his hands and so on. He is vocal. He is blunt. And he appears to be his sons’ biggest champion….and even if the media or the big dogs of the NBA don’t like him, what does it have to do with his sons’ talents and skills on the court. What is going to happen, if they shine this season on the court and actually make it to a championship and a ring, this father is going to be everyone’s hero…..

  • Renee26

    Sue her azzzz!!

  • Shaun M

    Smh

  • Ms.Vanilla

    I know right! Social Media is no joke.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Your wife ain’t nevah lied!!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    lol, you go girl!

  • Renee26

    Superbia is what it is…Cockiness is not appealing to most people no matter who exhibits the behavior. There’s NOTHING wrong with being your children’s biggest fan or encouraging your children to do there best. This man is trying to live vicariously through his children and he doesn’t know when to shut his mouth. Do you not think that other parents of men drafted are supportive cheerleaders for their children? They are but they are respectful and realize there’s a time and place for everything. It’s the father’s arrogance and superbia that makes people dislike him….it has nothing to do with brainwashing, oppression, hating, him being a present black father. It’s the mans PERSONALITY that rubs people the wrong way.

  • JV

    “Society and oppression have black folks minds so twisted into playing their kids down and small to appear humble and make others feel comfortable.”

    Look, there are things about LaVar I do appreciate. It’s not my intention to demonize him or anything. He IS genuinely invested in his kid’s lives, even if some of it — I would argue a lot of it — is for his own benefit. But umm.. LaVar Ball is also a dude who, for no reason, just started beef with LeBron and his family — saying his kids would be better, that he was better, etc. Even if you give him credit for not “playing his kids down,” what does it say about him when he brings other families down? And why would a person even do that?

    This dude just says stupid crap, and not just when talking about himself. Let’s not forget he talks HIMSELF up all the time — “I would beat Jordan one-on-one,” etc.

    I feel like LaVar gets excused a lot because he’s “different,” but different =/= good.

  • Renee26

    Ok! They try to make every damn thing a conspiracy theory …he’s simply an azzhole

  • Please Stop The Madness

    that irks my soul.not everything is bc you are of melanin. assholeness comes in all shades

  • Renee26

    He doesn’t fit the standard NBA player story; raised by a single mother, put a ball in his hands, so he couldn’t put a gun in his hands and so on.
    ___________________________________
    WHERE do these statistics come from?? There are plenty of NBA players who come from 2 parent homes and so many of them didn’t even come from impoverished communities…..how can ya’ll preach about uplifting black people and avoiding stereotypes when you turn around and use negative stereotypes in your reasoning without factual statistics to support it? It’s WILD….this isn’t even an issue of blacks tearing another black person down…everyone that has said anything negative about that man has related it to PERSONALITY TRAITS none of what ya’ll are putting in the air as the cause for the dislike. If we take away his color and picture and keep his comments people will still dislike him.

  • Renee26

    This!

  • Please Stop The Madness

    LeVar took the time to tear down a black…a black CHILD. So we need to uplift him why? I dont know anyone who can say uplifting your child means hurtful comments towards another child. He will NEVER been seen as more than a crazy ass sports parent. He is most likley NOT gonna be anybody’s hero. No matter how many games his sons win or how many rings they get.

  • Genia

    SIS? WHYYYY do you always come for me SIS?? i didn’t even do nathen….. i didn’t quote any stats… i didn’t say being raised by a single mother is a negative stereo type….nothing in my statement tore done anyone….i didn’t even say anything negative about Mr. Ball. WHY SIS WHY? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6375272a10a9cc0a69853062d4bda7faebf09f68a646742b7e9762b8a46030e.png

  • JV

    I think his brother’s going to be better, honestly.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    TGIF!

  • Renee26

    I will be checking for all of them to be great and if they are I will support them for sure…Kobe was arrogant as hell when he first came on the scene and I didn’t care for his personality; his game lived up to his words in the end.

  • Renee26

    I’m not coming for you hun; just having a discussion about the comments. I don’t pick out certain people to respond to on here; I just comment how I feel regardless of who it is. In the end I DO want the black community to be more supportive of each other and I can’t see how people’s dislike of this man has anything to do with race. When I use YOU in my response I’m speaking generally and not throwing shots at you personally but speaking to anyone who reads the comments. No shade intended, we all have to do our part to encourage change. Much love!

  • KcoolMuziq

    U know black men don’t think with their top head . But I bet he will now.

  • Renee26

    He was all the way wrong for making those comments…he’s rubbed me the wrong way with a lot of things he said. He’s lucky his mouth didn’t ruined his sons chances of being drafted. I wonder if his sons are ever embarrassed by his actions and big mouth

  • Genia

    ok E-HUG then

  • Mbailey

    HOW wonderful to have such a successful child, even if he is “ugly.” I’d rather have a successful child with a brilliant career before him/her, than a “beautiful” dumb-as-rocks heaux-child who get’s passed around to everybody.

  • Mbailey

    Congrats!

  • Sid

    Baldy up there looks like someone is licking the frosting off his old cakes “Shivers”

  • Queen B

    I think its his dad who’s the arrogant asshole…he seems like a humble kid who’s trying to live up to his dad’s expectations

  • datATLboi

    Unfortunately he can’t sue the show. All casting members already signed those ridiculous contracts selling their souls to be famous for 5 min.

  • IamAllnatural

    His overly confident dad is going to ruin his future. Arrogance is not a good look.

  • Julia Lyons

    Nah…we thought OJ had learned his lesson. Smh…

  • samuel severino

    Ding ding ding. People can’t separate Lonzo from his Dad. Lonzo is humble, articulate and respectful.
    He never talks trash and lets his game do the talking.

  • samuel severino

    Thank you.

  • samuel severino

    Which one?

  • tanya30060

    He better not bring a sister home to meet Pops!!! What does that tell us!!!

  • Omandesert

    Silver looks creepy as fuck. He is so not photogenic!

  • honee cumm

    If most parents, family and friends were like Lavar Ball our race, this generation and generations to come would be unstoppable in prospering. Damn right he’s confident about his son’s skills. Numbers don’t lie. Black people are so conditioned into being oppressed. They misunderstand confidence and speaking great things into existence as being arrogant. #staywoke