Kyrie Irving has some advice for loudmouthed basketball dad LaVar Ball, whose son Lonzo Ball is the presumed No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft: “Let Lonzo be Lonzo.”
Though the former UCLA point guard’s aggressive pass-first game does plenty of talking for him, LaVar has taken parental bragging about his offspring to the next level—doing stuff like saying his son will be a better pro than Hall of Famer Jason Kidd and two-time MVP Stephen Curry.
Irving said that type of insertion into his son’s life and career can backfire in the NBA.
“We’ve seen people be implemented into the spotlight, and it just draws an even bigger target on them,” Irving said on Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s Road Trippin’ podcast. “We’ve seen it.”
He added: “I’m sorry, LaVar, you’re not going to be in every hotel room that Lonzo is going to be in. You’re not going to be everywhere and part of his life as he continues to grow up. You got to let go. He’s 19 years old. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want it to bypass him being a father, but he’s got to let Lonzo be Lonzo for the long haul.”
Then again, what does Irving know? This brainiac thinks the Earth is flat.
Frye then summed up the unique scenario under which Lonzo finds himself entering the league, thanks to his dad.
“No matter what he does, it is going to be so easy to hate on [Lonzo] now,” Frye said. “It’s going to be disgustingly easy to hate on him.”