Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
The Lakers can’t hope to stop LaVar. They can’t even contain him if they keep being so nice, as opposed to having someone – Magic Johnson is the one he might listen to – tell him to shut up already. From Jeanie Buss on down, the Lakers are gritting their teeth, increasingly unable to endure LaVar’s ceaseless jibes: Claiming they don’t know how to coach Lonzo; calling Luke Walton “soft” for “babying” him; belittling the organization’s commitment (“The Lakers should build around Lonzo. Why are they sitting him down and not starting him in the fourth quarter? This is why the record is raggedy”); zinging teammates such as Julius Randle for missing Lonzo on a fast break in the loss to the Warriors since he “had a wide-open layup or a 3-pointer!”
Get ready for more: Whatever happens in Lakerdom for the next 10 years or so will be punctuated by LaVar’s self-serving comments about opponents’ unworthiness or Laker clumsiness. With the Lakers’ investment in Lonzo, he’s akin to family, making it painful for them to think about confronting LaVar. That’s the danger. The Lakers will always be conflicted, hoping for the best. LaVar, who’s all about LaVar, will never be.
The relationship has become more turbulent in recent weeks, however, as LaVar Ball has ramped up his criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton. “He just speaks his mind,” Lonzo Ball said. “Whatever he feels he is going to say, not going to hold nothing back. My job is just to play.”
“They have their own relationship,” Walton said. “Lonzo does a great job of doing what we ask him to do. I don’t know what they talk about in private, but Lonzo’s an incredible team player. He’s here to make our team better. He’s always been on board with what we try to do.”