LaVar Ball never holds back when talking to the media. The creator and owner of the Big Baller Brand embraces every opportunity to get in front of a camera, make an appearance on a radio show or do interviews like the one he did with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne recently.
In LaVar's interview with Shelburne, the controversial father of UCLA product Lonzo Ball made yet another bold claim. LaVar says his son Lonzo will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, via ESPN:
"Oh, he's going to be a Laker," he says. "I'm going to keep talking about it until it happens."
At this point, it isn't up to the Lakers whether Lonzo will be wearing purple and gold next season. Magic Johnson and company must wait for the results of the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16 to find out if they're able to keep their top-three protected pick in the NBA Draft.
The Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance of keeping their pick and potentially drafting Ball with it on June 22. If the Lakers are able to avoid sending their lottery pick to the Philadelphia 76ers because of the Steve Nash trade, the team will be in the running to draft Lonzo and may be inclined to do so as he fits a need at the point guard position.
In the event the Lakers lose their lottery pick on Tuesday, the Ball sweepstakes are over for the storied franchise unless some kind of trade were to transpire. Los Angeles will have to settle for their late first-round pick at No. 28 and another selection a few picks later in the second round at No. 33 overall.
As for LaVar and his family, they can only hope the balls bounce in the Lakers' favor during the draft lottery.