LaVar Ball had a, well, ball at the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. Lonzo Ball‘s father saw his plan work to perfection, as his son was taken second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers and his Big Baller Brand got to release a new Lakers colorway for Lonzo’s signature shoe.
But long before all that happened he was playing the crowd to perfection, soaking in the cheers and boos and later turning the Barclays Center crowd in his favor as the evening played out.
LaVar was all smiles when he first arrived to the Barclays Center floor, and he hoped his son would have a big night.
Later, Ball took pictures with some young fans who were eager to shake the budding CEO’s hand.
After Lozno was picked by the Lakers, the Ball family quickly switched from all-black to purple and yellow. Lonzo Ball was wearing a Lakers colorway of his ZO2 signature shoe, which quickly went up for preorder after the pick was made.
Then LaVar quickly put on a purple and yellow Big Baller Brand hat and cut a strong promo on ESPN.
Asked when he had the hat made, LaVar paused for a moment and said “when he was a baby.” Always sure to make the most of his television time, Ball then said he always knew his son was destined to become a Laker.
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Ball said. “But I already knew what was coming to him.”
Ball then made an even bolder prediction: That Lonzo will lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his rookie year.
“Come see me then,” Ball said. “I’ll have another hat on to say ‘I told you so.'”
As he left Barclays Center he waved to the crowd, which drew a mix of cheers and boos. So, Ball casually tossed his yellow and purple Big Baller Brand hat into the crowd for a lucky fan.
Darren Rovell rushed to identify the fan, who seemed pretty happy to have a small piece of Big Baller Brand history. It’s nice to see that LaVar isn’t sentimental about that hat. After all, he knows where to get more of them.