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LaVar Ball has been making big claims about his sons’ abilities since the day they were born.
On Thursday night one of his most impressive predictions finally came to fruition when his eldest son Lonzo was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
A lot had to go right for it to happen. Not only did Lonzo have to pan out to be an NBA-caliber talent, but the Lakers had to need a player of his position and style, and also had to land a lottery pick in the right spot to draft him.
When the Lakers were awarded the second overall pick at the draft lottery in May, the story that LaVar had written appeared to have come true, and when the Lakers picked Lonzo at the draft, his prediction finally became reality.
LaVar wasn’t done.
Mere seconds after Lonzo became a Laker, LaVar was back on camera in a purple and gold Big Baller Brand hat, boasting about what was next for the Ball family.
“I got a two more boys, I’m gonna come and do the same thing two more years.” LaVar said while being interviewed by ESPN after Lonzo shook Adam Silver’s hand on stage.
When asked how he would pull off this impressive feat, LaVar replied with a smile, “The Big Baller way. Ball control.”
LaVar also added that his son would have an immediate and winning impact on the Lakers organization, saying “Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year. Come see me when he does, I’ll have another hat on that says ‘I told ya so.'”
It’s quite the promise, as the Lakers finished second-to-last in the West last season and a whole 15 games out of a playoff spot, but LaVar has come through with some big promises in the past, so I won’t be the one to doubt him here.
You can watch video the exchange below.
LaVar Ball says the #Lakers will make the playoffs next year with Lonzo at the helm. #NBADraft
(via: @clippittv) pic.twitter.com/SGFSRccntK
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) June 23, 2017
Lakers coach Luke Walton, meanwhile, is focusing a bit more on the near future.
Luke Walton on LaVar’s playoff prediction: “Right now I want (Lonzo) to lead us to a couple of summer league victories.”
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) June 23, 2017
With all the big promises, it will be exciting to see what Lonzo can do on the court, and what other impressive predictions and antics LaVar gets into at the Staples Center. As of right now, Lonzo is the second-favorite in Vegas to win the Rookie of the Year award, behind only Ben Simmons. Carrying the Lakers to a playoff berth would do a lot to help his chances.