The Celtics may have the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft next month, but it looks like one of the top prospects in this year’s class isn’t interested in playing for them.
In a radio interview on CBS Radio in Boston Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said prized point guard Lonzo Ball informed the team he won’t workout for them prior to the Draft. With that in mind, it appears increasingly likely the Celtics will select guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top selection.
There have been questions about whether Ball would want to play in Boston, considering his Los Angeles roots. His father, LaVar Ball, hasn’t been shy about his desire to see his boy play for the hometown squad.
“I want him to be a Laker. But that’s just my opinion,” he said on Dale & Holley with Keefe in March. “It’s not about me liking [the Celtics] or disliking them. It’s just that we’re west coast guys,” he said. “I’d love for him to stay on the west coast where his brothers can see him all of the time. We’re a real big family. That’s just the only difference.”
While LaVar Ball’s brashness is unusual, it’s not unprecedented for a father to seemingly exert influence over his son’s professional sports career. Archie Manning advised the Chargers to not pick his son, Eli Manning, in the 2004 NFL Draft. San Diego selected Manning anyway, but wound up trading him to the Giants.
That’s not to say Ball wouldn’t sign with the Celtics if they draft him. But he’s making his preferences clear.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog