Their lives have become part of a reality TV show. Lonzo Ball enters his rookie season with plenty of hype and attention surrounding becoming the Lakers No. 2 pick, and all the expectations that come with it. His father, LaVar, has perpetuated that with outspoken support about his son’s game and his own apparent supremacy over certain NBA legends.
Not only will that story play out throughout the 2017-18 NBA season. It will also be featured on an actual reality TV show called “Ball in the Family,” with the series first two episodes airing on Aug. 31 on Facebook’s Watch. The show, which will have 10 episodes, will then air new ones on Sundays beginning Sept. 10 on the Ball in the Family Show Page.
“We wanted to give our fans an unfiltered look into our lives and show them a side of us that isn’t typically seen,” LaVar Ball said in a release through Bunim/Murray Productions, which also has produced other popular reality TV shows, such as “The Real World,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Born This Way.” “We have a big community of fans on Facebook, so we’re excited our series is going to be on Watch. And who better to help us tell our story than Bunim/Murray Productions.”
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So many questions cannot be fully answered until the Lakers actually start playing basketball in the 2017-18 season.
How much can rookie point guard Lonzo Ball live up to the hype? How much will second-year forward Brandon Ingram grow? Can the Lakers improve enough this season to entice LeBron James, Russell Westbrook or Paul George to join next year?
Despite that uncertainty, Spectrum SportsNet’s Lakers analyst Mike Bresnahan still gives the Lakers’ front office an ‘A-‘ for the moves they made this offseason in the latest episode of the “We Want Tacos” Lakers podcast. The Lakers did not set off any 4th of July fireworks, but they still accomplished plenty of other things.
They dumped expensive salary (Timofey Mozgov’s three-year, $48 million contract). They made some promising draft picks both that were high profile (Ball) and under-the-radar (Kyle Kuzma). They acquired a player that bolstered their backcourt depth without sacrificing cap flexibility (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope).
Bresnahan and I also delved into other topics on the podcast. Bresnahan shared his outlook on Ball winning the NBA’s rookie of the year award. He explained his skepticism the Lakers will have any player make next season’s All-Star team. And he also went down memory lane as a former Lakers beat writer with The Los Angeles Times, and how contrasts with his current gig at Spectrum SportsNet.
Later on, Spectrum SportsNet’s Kelli Tennant, Bresnahan and I analyzed Jordan Clarkson’s upcoming role this season.
Spectrum SportsNet’s Chris McGee, Bresnahan and I then shared how we think the Lakers’ depth chart will shape up.
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