It’s probably, maybe, possibly still unlikely that UCLA product Lonzo Ball falls to the Phoenix Suns at number four or beyond at the NBA Draft in a couple weeks. But it’s worth noting that teams selecting in the top three don’t appear to be overly enthusiastic about the opportunity to add Ball to their roster.
"I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future,” Colangelo said. “I think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him, without being specific.”
"I don't think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. At the end of the day, what wins in this league is talent, and this is a very talented young man."
I appreciate Colangelo’s efforts to avoid being specific.
This weekend lots of blue check marks reported that the Los Angeles Lakers, holders of the number two overall pick, are also growing worried that those unnamed people around Lonzo may be more trouble than they’re worth.
The first report of the Lakers souring on Lonzo Ball have hit https://t.co/mBkBG383kx— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) June 5, 2017
I’m betting on Lonzo heading to Los Angeles. I also like to think Colangelo saying, “I don't think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns,” really means, “Magic come on, just take him so I don’t have to make that decision.”
Are the blue check marks wrong? Is Colangelo a wily genius? Is LaVar Ball the worst worst thing to happen to basketball in 100 years? Stay tuned for answers.