It’s been a while since we’ve heard much about anything from LaVar Ball.
But just in time, before LaMelo’s great prime time Wednesday night’s game against Golden State (the Warriors won 114-92), LaVar played 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and said he knew the Warriors would not be drafting Melo in 2020.
“I knew Melo wouldn’t go to Golden State because Steve Kerr was the coach. He called me something, a Kardashian of coaching or something. I don’t know what he called me. But I got mad and called him the Milli Vanilli of coaching. So it wasn’t going to work, because how are you going to play for a guy who’s a little angry with your dad… It won’t work because now you have to think about your coach and your dad.
In the days leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, rumors were circulating that the Warriors could draft the No.2 ball overall, if available. Instead, the Warriors selected James Wiseman and Ball fell to No.3 for Michael Jordan and the Hornets to melt. The wow factor alone of a backcourt with LaMelo and Stephen Curry is enough to make Warriors fans’ heads explode. And LaMelo’s personality would have matched the Bay Area like a glove.
But LaVar is probably right about this one. It would have been a difficult situation to navigate, based on what Kerr and Daddy Ball had previously said publicly about each other. It would have taken a conversation to draft LaMelo between LaVar and Coach Kerr.
The Warriors would certainly have been stacked in the backcourt with Melo, Steph and Jordan Poole, who is emerging as an exceptional young player in his own right. And that’s before Klay Thompson returned from injury. Even with all this talent, there would still have been some tension between LaVar and Kerr. We’ve seen how Warriors management handled the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green collapse by not doing much. Nothing that helped defuse the situation, anyway. And then, they made Durant feel less appreciated by the franchise in public, which led to KD’s escape to Brooklyn.
So, it’s safe to say that the Warriors probably would have messed up this Lavar-Kerr situation the same way they did managing Durant. You can’t afford to get drunk on your own success, and it sounds like what happened with Golden State towards the end of its five-year domination.
LaMelo playing with this Warriors team could have been Northern California’s version of showtime for the next decade. Now it looks like a must-see TV. Dare dream.