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From there, all sorts of dysfunction are possible … which the child pays for … all the dismaying way to the new heights of naked ego-tripping now being foisted on the Lakers and their fans.Of course, LaVar Ball probably went over that line before they got baby Lonzo home from the hospital.The Lakers season is six games old and LaVar has feuded with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, who promised to reduce Lonzo to ashes – and did – and with the Washington Wizards after promising his son would beat them – and did, even if Lonzo’s teammates bailed him out while John Wall was outscoring him, 18-6. TV favorites still may be lost “I’m going to give you the people’s opinion,” Cleveland’s Channing Frye said. “No matter what he does, it is going to be so easy to hate on him now. It’s going to be disgustingly easy to hate on him.”Of course, everyone is a natural adversary for LaVar, even sneaker execs who pander to stars like Lonzo.With LaVar demanding $1 billion, Lonzo wound up without a deal. Not that it kept LaVar from sneering at Beverley, “You still don’t have your own shoe” – as if Lonzo wasn’t paying to make his, as opposed to harvesting endorsement millions.Lonzo’s shoe costs a grandiose $495 or, as Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver noted, enough to buy LeBron James’ LeBron XIV ($175), Kevin Durant’s KD9 Elite ($150) and Steph Curry’s 3Zero ($119.99) with $40 left over.If Lonzo pays for LaVar’s effrontery, the Lakers are reduced to props in his reality show, as when Lonzo’s teammates vowed they had his back after LaVar promised the Lakers would beat the Wizards and Marcin Gortat said Wall would flambé Lonzo.Of course, after the Lakers won, the TV cameras alighted on LaVar celebrating in the stands as if he were a local hero for firing up the guys.This is hardly what the Lakers and their fans had in mind, but LaVar doesn’t act in their interest or even Lonzo’s.LaVar acts in the interest of the hype, and, of course, in the interest of LaVar, who never got past the scrub level as a college player but can act like an NBA star by attaching himself to Lonzo … the thing he accuses everyone else of doing.If comparing a rookie to an all-time great is laughable, Lonzo has a flat personality as opposed to the effervescence that made Magic Johnson a joy to be around.On the other hand, Jason Kidd, another all-time-great point guard, had a subdued personality. Nevertheless, who knows how much of the joy LaVar sucked out of it and what Lonzo would be like otherwise?Before this, the craziest NBA father was … actually, I can’t think of any.There was never anyone like LaVar, which is why the Lakers have no idea how to deal with this.Before the draft, LaVar said he assured Magic, “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.”At media day, Magic said he wouldn’t monitor LaVar.“Who am I going to monitor?” Magic said. “LaVar is a grownup. …“Now, if something happens where it affects his son and it affects his son on the court, yeah, maybe I will pull him aside.”Ding!It’s time!LaVar has barely left Lonzo’s side, taking time off from training LiAngelo and LaMelo to do his scene-stealing act for anyone who asks – with ESPN making it a nightly mission – disssing a growing list, all of whom, of course, take it out on Lonzo.Coach Luke Walton says he’s not concerned but notes that it “makes Lonzo’s job tougher.”LaVar, himself, said blithley, “Lonzo’s always gonna have a bad rap. You know why? Because I’m talking about him. ‘Cuz Lonzo’s so good you can’t touch him.”As if. Lonzo got torched nightly in his first week, shooting 31 percent while opposing point guards outscored him, 90-46, proving to all but immediate family that his job is already tough enough.Nevertheless, Lonzo looks like the rare talent he was hyped to be. Three of his first four games were bad, or worse, but he averaged 12 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds. The Lakers were up from last season’s No. 26 in assists per game to No. 3.Not that we’ll hear about whatever Magic finally says to LaVar.After their chat takes place – soon, we can all hope – Magic will say something like, “Hey, all fathers want is the best for our kids. LaVar told me Lonzo comes first.”Ah, if only it were true. Unfortunately for the Lakers, you can’t put fathers on waivers. SB High to celebrate 125 years of educating Throw in De’Aaron Fox outscoring Lonzo, 39-10, in UCLA’s NCAA Tournament loss to Kentucky, and saying he was on attack mode “to shut LaVar Ball up,” and that’s three feuds in Lonzo’s last seven games.Of course, the press is a natural adversary since it acts as a check on LaVar’s flights of fantasy, as when he told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that “Lonzo did good” after he scored three points in the opener.“What game did you watch?” Smith exclaimed, incredulously.Stephen A. wound up looking away, rolling his eyes, while pointing his microphone back at LaVar to note the Lakers let Lonzo down by not running down the middle of the floor (“Don’t make me bring my shoes out and run. I can get 20 points running down the middle.”)This is hardly over. Turmoil aplenty awaits with LaVar ripping anyone who says anything bad about Lonzo – or, really, about LaVar – since their names now come up whenever NBA players meet.