In the NBA now, it seems every player wants his own podcast, and on those podcasts players give us a real look into what they're thinking.
They're less calculated and more comfortable on podcasts than they are during, say, a media interview, and they give us gold like Channing Frye did on his and Richard Jefferson's podcast Friday. He didn't pull any punches when talking about Lonzo and LaVar Ball.
“I’m going to give you the people’s opinion,” Frye said. “No matter what he does, it is going to be so easy to hate on (Lonzo) now. It’s going to be disgustingly easy to hate on him.”
Frye, Jefferson and special guest Kyrie Irving were talking about Ball on Friday, more specifically the perception LaVar Ball is creating of Lonzo and his younger brothers LaMelo and LiAngelo.
NBA players hear what LaVar says and see what he does – like sell shoes for $495 when his son has yet to play a second in the NBA – and it wears on them.
“When he starts going off and saying, ‘I could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one,’ and … he compared Lonzo to Uber and taxi, come on. Just relax a little bit," he said. "Take a step back and realize the impact that you can make, not for the moment now, but for the future. Lonzo is going to be in the NBA regardless. But at the end of the day, he still is going into another world that you can’t control.”
Lonzo will have some hurdles to clear in the NBA due to his father's proclamations. But while LaVar Ball may be hurting his son in some ways, his antics do not seem to be affecting how teams perceive Lonzo as a player.