LaVar Ball says son Lonzo doesn’t need Kobe Bryant’s advice
LaVar Ball has a penchant for laying waste to anyone and everyone who has something to say about his son, former UCLA standout Lonzo Ball. Apparently, this scorched-earth policy also involves those who didn’t say anything about the Ball family whatsoever in the first place.
LaVar Ball recently proclaimed that neither he nor his son need advice from Kobe Bryant, a sentiment presumably inspired by the Los Angeles Lakers icon expressing a willingness to mentor current NBA players.
“I don’t need no advice from Kobe Bryant,” LaVar Ball said Thursday on “Mornings with Keyshawn Johnson” on ESPN Radio 710 LA, via ESPN. “I don’t need advice from Kobe Bryant. ‘Zo’s got to play his game.”
Ball did concede that it would be acceptable for Lonzo to heed advice from Bryant in certain situations, though.
“If they’re at practice and he sees something, and Lonzo listens to him or whatever, he’s good. … But it’s just not, ‘OK, I’m talking to Kobe, so now I’m going to be good.’ If Kobe sees something that ‘Zo is doing, then go from there,” Ball addded. “But I’m not trying to pattern after nobody.”
Bryant’s offer to mentor any and all players who come to him for guidance was spawned by news he was mentoring Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas during the postseason.
“I’m around for all the guys,” Bryant told ESPN. “Anybody can reach out. It’s an open book.”
Bryant later said he was inspired to help guide the next generation of NBA players after meeting Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch.
LaVar Ball arguably has regretfully alienated his son Lonzo, who is set to enter the NBA next season, given his standoffish and oftentimes arrogant way of conducting himself. From denigrating Michael Jordan’s ability to sell sneakers to insulting comments concerning those who can’t afford his son’s first signature shoe — not to mention several feuds with prominent NBA personalities — Ball has made it clear he and his family insist on doing things his way and his way only.
Odds are Kobe would have a thing or two to say about all of that as well.