Αfter two years of hearing LaVar Ball talk his way into the headlines, we've heard nothing but silence since his son, Lonzo, moved to New Orleans.
In fact, the buzz around Lonzo himself has died almost just as quickly as it had begun.
Following a promising rookie campaign in Los Angeles, people were excited to witness growth in Lonzo. He had shown flashes of his potential on both ends of the floor.
Unfortunately, we have yet to witness Ball become the star his father assured us he would become. Averaging a career-low in minutes, Zo was moved to the bench by New Orleans in the midst of an ugly losing streak.
Former Celtics big man (and current ESPN analyst) Kendrick Perkins went so far as to label him a "bust."
The real concern with Zo is his lack of improvement through three seasons in the NBA.
His numbers are about the same all three years. In 2017, his averages were 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds on 36% shooting. This season, through 21 games, he is posting 10 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds on 37% shooting.
Clearly, there is a reason to question Lonzo's ceiling as a player. If he doesn't start improving soon, he may find himself the subject of another trade -- and folks like Perkins will continue to be proven right.