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LaVar Ball Made A Surprising Admission To Magic Johnson Ahead Of NBA Draft

LaVar Ball, it turns out, may not be as crazy as he wants people to think.

Lonzo Ball didn't have the best debut on Friday night, though he's still one of the top prospects in the NBA after being drafted No. 2 overall this past June. But it's his father, LaVar, who seems to be getting the most attention in the family.

That appears to be by design.

This week, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne published a piece with quotes from Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Johnson claims that Ball, when the Lakers came to visit his house, admitted the braggadocio is just marketing for his new brand - Big Baller Brand.

Check it out:

"He just said it's marketing," Johnson says. "That's what he had to do to market not only his son but the brand. Before I met him I had already thought that. I already knew what he was doing."

...as Johnson recalls, "He said, 'Earvin, look, I'm not following my son. I'm not going to be hanging out in L.A. I'm going to be training these young kids [his other sons].'"

"'As far as training my boy, this is as far as I can take him,'" LaVar says he told Johnson. "'I'll leave it up to you to take him further. You can get him better with the film time and the coaching. You can take him to another level.'"

"I trust you with my boy. I just got a great feeling that you guys are going to take Zo to a whole other level.'"

Whether Ball's antics reflect his true personality or an alter ego created to market the brand, it appears to be working well enough to grab headlines. Whether it's helping them sell apparel - well, only he knows the answer there.

We've said this before - if Lonzo turns out to be a star, BBB will take off. If not, well, there's no chance.