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Lonzo Ball considering other National Basketball Association lottery teams

"In the past year, he became relevant for some reason", Fox said of the elder Ball to Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp.

If the top three picks of the 2017 NBA Draft go as predicted by the majority of talent evaluators, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson will be off the board by the time the Phoenix Suns pick fourth overall. He's twice said Lonzo was better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and proclaimed his son would only play for the Los Angeles Lakers, even though a player's landing spot is out of his control. Lonzo acknowledges some of his father's flaws in the letter, but states that he wouldn't be on the brink of beginning a career in the National Basketball Association had LaVar not guided him along the way.

"In the previous year, he became relevant for some reason", Fox told SI.com's Andrew Sharp. You never forced me to do any of it. He went insane this year.

"A lot of people ask if I ever get sick of you talking about me", he goes on to write. Fox directed Kentucky past Ball and UCLA 86-75 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Fox scored 39 points, an NCAA tournament freshman record, on just 20 shots, while hounding Ball into a 10-point outing, on 4-of-10 shooting.

In other words, he told us what we already knew. You've always said that making it to the National Basketball Association is much easier than staying there. Of course, any high draft pick is going to get tested by veterans in his rookie season, but it seems that Ball can thank his father for making his hoops journey more hard than it needs to be.

Lonzo Ball generally keeps much more quiet than his father, so it's hard to read on what he really thinks.

Most NBA experts expect Fox to be drafted after that threesome, going to Phoenix fourth or Sacramento fifth.

For what it's worth, Johnson has also likened LaVar Ball to Kris Jenner, matriarch of the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" clan.

No team has made any promises to Fox about drafting him.

Jackson has been the center of draft buzz recently for the Lakers, primarily because of the 'split' between him and Ball in the teams' mind.

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