Lonzo Ball is nothing like his dad.
Despite his me-first, trash-talking father, LaVar, who branded the Lakers rookie as a Big Baller and as the second coming of Christ, the No. 2-overall pick has shocked one of his teammates in Los Angeles with his surprising attitude that doesn’t mirror anything close to his pompous dad.
“He is the complete opposite to what I thought,” Lakers big man Andrew Bogut told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He is softly spoken, has a good sense of humor and doesn’t say a lot. Nobody has had any issues with him.”
The UCLA standout somehow has maintained a low profile, with his father doing all the talking, which has reflected negatively within the league and with fans. But at the same time, Bogut, now 32, said people are looking at LaVar’s support the wrong way.
“Obviously, he gets a lot of grief for what his dad does with their brand, but it’s just a dad supporting his son you know,” Bogut said. “There is a lot of people out there who would love to have that support from their parents. You can’t knock it.”
Ball’s been restricted in preseason after he suffered an ankle injury in the Lakers’ Oct. 2 loss to the Nuggets. Although he’s been held out of the Lakers’ last four preseason games, the 19-year-old said he will be ready for the Lakers’ season opener against the Clippers despite being a “little rusty.”
“I’m playing for sure,” Ball said, according to ESPN. “It’s the opener. That’s all there is to it. Gotta get a win.”