LaVar Ball: ‘I don’t need no advice’ from Kobe

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LaVar Ball said he wouldn’t seek any advice for his son Lonzo, a top NBA draft prospect, from ex-Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.

“I don’t need no advice from Kobe Bryant,” Ball said Thursday on “Mornings with Keyshawn Johnson” on ESPN Radio 710 LA. “I don’t need advice from Kobe Bryant. ‘Zo’s got to play his game.

“If they’re at practice and he sees something, and Lonzo listens to him or whatever, he’s good. … But it’s just not, ‘OK, I’m talking to Kobe, so now I’m going to be good.’ If Kobe sees something that ‘Zo is doing, then go from there. But I’m not trying to pattern after nobody.”

Bryant told ESPN that his desire to mentor younger players was spurred by pop star Michael Jackson, who told him during a visit to Neverland Ranch to reach out to all the greats in your profession and learn from them.

“I’m around for all the guys,” Bryant told ESPN. “Anybody can reach out. It’s an open book.”

Bryant told ESPN that he’s had “many conversations” during the playoffs with Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas — just one of many current NBA stars who have reached out to him for advice.

Bryant said he also talks regularly with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Gordon Hayward.

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