With Lonzo Ball and the Lakers coming to New York, Knicks C Enes Kanter couldn't help but to add his two cents about his father -- LaVar Ball.
Kanter believes Lonzo has the skills and talent to be a great player, but he thinks his father puts too much pressure on him.
"He has the potential to be a really good player. But I feel like his dad is putting too much pressure on him. That's why whoever plays against him just wants to kill him, just wants to beat him on that court, just because his dad is talking all that crazy stuff," Kanter told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "If he leaves him alone, I think it's going to better for the kid because it's not going to be that much pressure. That's why I feel like he just needs to leave him alone and play his game."
Lonzo has struggled in his early NBA career as he is averaging 8.6 points per game while shooting 32 percent from the field. He also has 6.8 assists per game.
Opposing point guards have voiced that they can't wait to go head-to-head with the 20-year-old because of what his father has said about him since he went No. 2 to the Lakers this past June.
Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis, who was scrutinized himself during his rookie campaign, says he was pressured to perform immediately after getting drafted as well.
"I definitely felt that guys were testing me early on," Porzingis said. "Even in practice, me and (teammate Lance Thomas) were going to at it. He wanted to see if I was tough enough and if I could play in the league. In Puerto Rico, in Melo's camp (before my rookie season), things like that. Guys want to test me, especially a European coming into the league.
"And for (Lonzo), it's also more like the toughest position in the NBA is the point guard. Being the starting point guard every night having to play against a great point guard, it's tough. A lot of guys don't like the hype he's getting for nothing. And that's why they're going after him."
Porzingis put haters to shame in his rookie season as he made a positive impact on the floor, and since then, he has become the Knicks' pride and joy. Lonzo has that same potential, but Porzingis notes that paying attention to outside distractions won't do any good.
"I think for everybody is different. For me, I just didn't care. My brothers say all the time that I'm just too dumb to know what's going on. I don't really care what's going on in the outside," Porzingis said. "I wasn't bothered by the boos at all when I got drafted. I was happy. For everybody it's different. I think that's a good quality that I have that I don't really give a s-t."
Whether or not Lonzo is paying attention to the outside distractions, the Knicks will look to lock him down on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.