Lonzo Ball dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Friday to discuss numerous topics, including his father, the Lakers, and Magic Johnson.
We’ll start with LaVar, who has rubbed some people the wrong way with his loquacious personality and outlandish statements.
Lonzo, though, doesn’t pay him much mind.
“No, he’s talked like that my whole life,” Lonzo said. “That’s how I was raised.”
Lonzo lived up to his quiet reputation during the interview, often giving short yet respectful answers to hosts Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney. When asked if LaVar could beat Michael Jordan – as LaVar claimed he could – Lonzo said, “I got no comment.” When asked if LaVar could beat Lonzo, Lonzo said, “Of course not,” promoting laughter from the hosts.
All kidding aside, Lonzo is one of the best point-guard prospects in recent memory. He led UCLA to the Sweet 16 with dazzling passing ability and a brilliant all-around game. His shooting form is a bit funky, but he does not intend to change it “as long as it goes in.”
Lonzo, the No. 2 pick in the draft, said he “had a good feeling” he would play for the Lakers. He’s also enjoyed getting to know Magic Johnson.
“He’s cool, man,” Lonzo said. “He helps me a lot both on and off the court. I can go to him whenever I want to talk about anything. It’s cool having him at practice on the sidelines just critiquing my game and letting me know what I need to work on. I owe him a lot.”
The Lakers have won 27 games or fewer in each of the last four seasons. Many fans view Lonzo as a savior of sorts, but if he’s feeling any pressure, he’s not showing it.
“No, I’m just out here to do a job,” he said. “All I got to do is my job, and everything should be all right. The goal for this year is to make the playoffs. That’s what we’re all focused on and that’s what we’re all working to.”
Ball also discussed Ball In The Family, which airs on Facebook and gives fans a unique look at the Ball family. The first two episodes were available Aug. 31, and new episodes will be available Sunday, Sept. 10.
“(It’s) just our family,” Ball said. “We’re not changing nothing. Basically we’re just living our lives. People are recording us.”