De’Aaron Fox is making the rounds at ESPN today, and just said on SportsCenter that he’s heard rival point guard Lonzo Ball will have a target on his back in the league next season. Fox, who expects to go anywhere from second to eighth in Thursday’s draft, said his friend and mentor John Wall told him Ball will have an especially tough rookie season in part because of his outspoken father, LaVar.
“I’ve heard it,” Fox said. “Playing point guard [in the NBA] is going to be tough anyways, but what’s been said is — it’s going to be tough…John said you have a few other players who have actually said it.”
“Lonzo is a quiet kid, I’ve known him for years. I didn’t know his dad until our senior year of high school but he does things his own way, let’s put it that way.”
As we all know, Fox outplayed Ball in both head-to-head showdowns last season, putting up 29.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 turnovers per game to Ball’s 12.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.0 turnovers. Most pundits believe the Los Angeles Lakers will still take Ball with the second pick in the draft, but Fox worked out for LA last week, and, as he said repeatedly, no one knows what will happen until the names are called on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, when pressed, De’Aaron didn’t give away any secrets about his draft night attire, except that JC Penny will outfit him and fellow Cat Malik Monk.
“JC Penny is who me and Malik’s, our suits are by. I’m not going to tell you what it looks like, the color or anything.”
What about his famous hair?
“Actually, right now, I got it done yesterday. It actually just does its own thing. Thursday, it’ll be different and I won’t even do anything to it, but it’ll be different than this.”
Just please not the ponytail/man bun.