Lonzo Ball's draft stock won't be impacted by outspoken father, report says

The Lakers are leaning against selecting Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick the 2017 NBA Draft, according to reports.

Lonzo Ball's outspoken father, LaVar Ball, isn't expected to impact his son's future in the NBA.

LaVar has made headlines recently for boasting about his three sons, including the UCLA freshman star being better than Steph Curry,and makingoutrageous claims, like he could have beatenMichael Jordan one-on-one in his heyday. Despite thenoise off the court,USA Today reportsmost NBA executives remain focused on Lonzo's phenomenal playing skills on the court.

Per USA Today:

Theconsensus among front office executives who discussed the matter with USA TODAY Sports this week was that his draft stock won’t be harmed by his father’s controversial style. As one general manager put it, and many other executives confirmed in various forms when consulted on the matter, "No one’s paying attention to Ball’s father."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed that LaVar's comments aren't helping his sons. "I think it'd be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day," Kerr said.

Others don't see the harm.

"There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA," an unidentified general managertold USA Today.

Another unnamedNBA executive added, "Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time."

Lonzo is expected to declarefor the NBA Draft after thisseason andis a consensus top-fivepick in the upcoming lottery. His brothers,high schoolers LiAngelo and LaMelo, have committed to follow Lonzo's footsteps to UCLA.

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