The Los Angeles Lakers plan on having dinner with former UCLA Bruins point guard and Los Angeles area native Lonzo Ball tonight before holding a private workout for him tomorrow. The Lakers own the second overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft.
Lonzo is, of course, the oldest son of the very outspoken LaVar Ball, the owner of the Big Baller Brand.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio and was asked if LaVar Ball will be attending tonight’s dinner.
“Not to my understanding,” Walton said. “If he is, nobody has told me yet. I don’t plan on him being there, but I guess that could just be a lack of communication if he is.”
Walton was asked if he was open to having LaVar at dinner if he wanted to join them. The Lakers head coach said, “Absolutely, if he wanted to come to the dinner. I think the workout is something we will keep the doors closed on, but the dinner I think he would definitely make dinner more entertaining. So he’s definitely welcome to join us for that one.”
The head coach was also asked if he’d have concerns with drafting Lonzo because of LaVar’s pursuit to be maybe too involved or too outspoken. “No, I wouldn’t. In the NBA, to me, that’s not an issue,” he said. “Parents are always going to have those opinions, they’re going to be outspoken at times. As you know, I have a very outspoken father myself, and it doesn’t bother me.
“If we were to draft him, we’re going to coach him. He’s going to be a part of our team. He’s going to be a part of our family, and we will go from there. This is the NBA, and we will keep the team where it needs to be, and we will not let outside things like that influence us on whether or not we pick a kid.”