Magic Johnson wisely focused on Lonzo, not LaVar Ball


magic-johnson-cnn2Magic Johnson, a LA Lakers president wisely remains focused on Lonzo Ball – one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft, rather than Ball’s father LaVar, who just doesn’t get off the spotlight in the media.

In Magic Johnson’s eyes, LaVar Ball and Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner are cut from the same cloth, according to NY Post.

Speaking on ESPN Radio Los Angeles, Johnson weighed in on Lonzo Ball, and his unofficial mouthpiece, father LaVar Ball, highlighting similarities between the aspiring mogul and Jenner’s track record of launching her daughters into superstardom.

“The Kardashians, we didn’t say that the mom [Jenner] was bad, and she made them a lot of money, right? She’s bragged on her daughters, and I think it’s the same here,” Johnson, whose Lakers are expected to take Ball with the No. 2 pick, told USA Today.

“He’s saying, ‘Hey, my son is great,’ and there’s nothing bad with that. So we’re not looking at LaVar being a problem if we’re blessed to have the opportunity to draft Lonzo. We don’t know at this time if we’re going to do that at this time.”

LaVar Ball has taken shots at several NBA juggernauts, including Michael Jordan and Kyrie Irving. He recently bragged about marketing Big Baller Brand’s signature sneaker, the $495 ZO2, on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” where he told reporter Kristine Leahy to “stay in your lane.”

Ball has vocally expressed his desire for his eldest son to play for the Lakers, and Lonzo has reportedly balked at working out for the Celtics, who have the No. 1 pick.

“As long as it doesn’t bother [Lonzo], it’s not going to bother the Laker organization, as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court,” Johnson said.

One of the greatest NBA players ever, Magic Johnson won 5 NBA titles with the LA Lakers, as well as an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Johnson led the league in regular-season assists four times. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.


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