After it was all said and done, Ball tossed his hat into the crowd at the Barclays Center, and a fan in an Atlanta Hawks jersey caught it.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka offered his own views on the elder Ball, views that did not match the narrative normally associated with the loud spoken creator of the Big Baller Brand and a frenzy that has swirled around his soft spoken son in the months leading up to the no. 2 pick.
It's hardly shocking that Ball soaked up the boos like a rock star soaks up adoration.
When asked about LaVar's playoffs prediction, Lakers coach Luke Walton smiled.
"I'm a very optimistic person, but I don't look that far into the future". "To me, he's the type of player that, when he's on the floor, all four guys that are out there with him become better instantly".
If nothing else, LaVar Ball will bring some entertaining sound bites to the National Basketball Association, but many fans are already getting exhausted of the schtick. Ball said when interviewed after his name was called. "Right now, I'm hoping [Lonzo] leads us to a couple summer league victories, and we'll take it from there", Walton responded.
"That will make it more challenging a little bit, but I think that every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back", Walton said. No, his father, Lavar, has a habit of doing enough of that for both father and son-and the rest of the family, for that matter.
"What's incredible is that according to Zo, his dad has been great". "It's going to be a surprise for you guys and me, but you just got to stay tuned".
"He's his own man", Walton said. I'm sure [Lonzo will] fit into our culture. "And all I can say is, we walked away from that time really impressed with the family". "Once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that".