— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 23, 2017
It turns out LaVar Ball didn’t hurt his son’s NBA draft chances after all and Ball celebrated by delighting in everyone else’s annoyance.
The Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball as the second overall pick Thursday, June 22 and his dad, who expected the Lakers to draft his son, couldn’t contain his excitement.
“From the words of Zeus, Jesus everybody said he was gonna be a Laker,” LaVar Ball told ESPN when the decision was announced.
“It’s a wonderful feeling, but I already knew what was coming to him,” he added later, noting he’s had his son pegged for the Lakers for 19 or 20 years. “I got two more boys, I gotta come to the same thing [for] two more years.”
LaVar Ball, proudly wearing the family’s Big Baller Brand hat in Lakers colors, also declared his former UCLA guard son would take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year. As LaVar Ball made his way out of the arena surrounded by a booing audience, he tossed the BBB hat into the crowd.
— Krysten Peek (@krystenpeek) June 23, 2017
Online, some still couldn’t put their issues with the outspoken basketball dad and his son to rest.
His father’s stupid and his expectations are far from realistic.
— Shady_JayiX (@JC_Boltzz) June 23, 2017
I can’t wait to see the son fail in the NBA
— Jonathan Ozek (@Jonathan_Ozek) June 23, 2017
No. HE said he would be a Laker, and basically told everybody else not to bother. Now we’ve got 15+ years of an NBA dance mom. Great.
— Paul Scozzari (@edwood_not) June 23, 2017
Others applauded LaVar Ball.
"Triple b's. Big Baller Brand". Lavar is a prophet!
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 22, 2017
Lavar Ball a great dad. U don't understand because u not a Big Baller.
— shifty (@ShiftyTheGreen) June 23, 2017
Lavar Ball is gonna get the last laugh
— Flex God Daps (@FlexGodDaps) June 23, 2017