76ers’ Jerry Colangelo on Lonzo Ball: ‘It’s going to be challenging with the people around him’

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The Lakers are rumored to be far less than sold on Lonzo Ball as the No. 2 pick. That might explain why Ball is considering working out for the 76ers, who pick No. 3.

But Philadelphia apparently sees complications with the UCLA point guard.

76ers special advisor Jerry Colangelo, father of 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo, on 94 WIP, as transcribed by Joe Bloss of CSN Philly:

“I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future,” Colangelo said. “I think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him without being specific, and yet I don’t think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. I think at the end of the day what wins in this league is talent and this is a very talented young man.”

Jerry Colangelo is, of course, talking about Lonzo’s father, LaVar Ball. LaVar Ball has chased and gotten attention by being an outlandish loudmouth. Unlike NBA commissioner Adam Silver, I expect that continue after Lonzo Ball gets drafted – which will be challenging for Lonzo Ball’s team.

Jerry Colangelo is the first team executive to affirm that sentiment on the record. But his statement is in line with the consensus – LaVar Ball isn’t ideal for teams, but he won’t affect Lonzo Ball’s draft stock. Other executives, like Lakers president Magic Johnson, have just glossed over the first part publicly.

So, credit Jerry Colangelo for his honesty about an obvious reality. I just wonder whether that will affect Philadelphia’s ability to work out Lonzo Ball.