In a phone interview with Mason & Ireland on ESPN LA 710 ahead of LaMelo’s first game back in Los Angeles, LaVar was asked about Lonzo’s future with the Pelicans. And, well, he didn’t hold back. LaVar said, when asked if Lonzo should stay in New Orleans:“No! No, he can’t stay in New Orleans. Come on, man. Come on.”
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LaVar Ball: “Lonzo’s always been a playmaker. Why are you trying to change him into a defensive specialist that stays in the corner and shoots 3s? And you’re trying to change Zion and Brandon Ingram who, all through their careers, have never been playmakers. Scorers! Now you want to put the ball in their hands and be playmakers?! … Go score the ball and do what you do and guess what? They’re gonna have a hard time trying to win every game if the playmaker ain’t making the right plays.”
He continued, when asked if he thought a trade would actually happen: “Oh, I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I hope he be traded though. Here’s the thing: I don’t like watching him play like that.”
“My thing is he ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t go show that,” Ball tells us. “If I train you to be the best and always been starting all your life — here is what they don’t get. My boys are not freakin’ role players! They superstars! Let them do what they do!” LaVar points out Melo could be held back due to Hornets coach James Borrego not having that — oh, how should we say this — Big Baller frame of mind. “But, if your mentality ain’t like that, guess what? It’s hard to coach my boys and tap into the best because you don’t have a killer mindset.”
“I definitely have thoughts on that,” LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report. “The people in Detroit are great. I love the fans, but the franchise over there is raggedy as hell. They don’t know a good player. I was giving them a lottery pick for free! Has the skills to play and the notoriety to bring everybody to the game. How do you throw that out the window? They’re gonna learn the hard way. My boys are gonna end up together playing somewhere. ‘Gelo can shoot the lights out. That was raggedy what they did. But hey, they’re gonna learn the hard way.”
They wait, and wait. A technical glitch causes the interview to be ditched, and nobody — especially not Lonzo or LiAngelo — seems bothered. LaVar, quiet no longer, is accepting congratulations and telling the room, “Tell MJ: Here we come! Tell MJ we’re coming!” LaVar punctuates his proclamations by raising both arms in the air. Michael Jordan, the man LaVar famously claimed he could beat in a one-on-one, is the owner of the Hornets and now his son’s boss. LaVar tells me the world might finally get to see that one-on-one, but first he has to discuss the business side with Jordan: pay-per-view, guaranteed money, that kind of thing. He laughs and says, “Hey, if people are willing to pay to see 50-year-old Mike Tyson fight, why not?” He likes the idea of Jordan guiding his son. “Greatness recognizes greatness,” he says. “I always told my boys, ‘Someone has to be better than the best — why not you?'”
Asked Wednesday if he still feels that way about the Knicks, LaVar, a former practice squad tight end for the Jets, said, “I think so. The bright lights, East Coast, If everything lines up right, the Knicks get the first pick and get LaMelo and LiAngelo with him and somehow get Lonzo in the long run. Shoot – The Triple B’s. The Ball Brothers on Broadway.”
Complex Sports: “Look what happened to Kuzma (this year). They thought I was crazy when I was telling them Lonzo made Kuzma.” Face with tears of joy Lavar says without Lonzo, Zion wouldn’t have the buzz.
On his appearance on Complex’s Load Management podcast, Ball was asked about Jay-Z’s involvement in the recruiting of the family to Roc Nation. “You know Jay got to get involved. Here’s the thing. I ain’t talked to Jay. He’s got people that work for him so we have to talk to them first. But he’s done talked to my boys. I just haven’t talked to him but my boys have talked to them. And the guys that he’s got lined up that’s on his team, I’ve talked to them. I talked to them over the phone…but with the pandemic going on, nobody can fly around and get that collaboration. We were actually going to meet up right before everything happened. It was a Clipper game and he was going to come down and watch the Pelicans play the Clippers and that was perfect time but we never got a chance to do that.”
LaVar Ball was condemned by ESPN for the comment he made to First Take host Molly Qerim Rose on the show on Monday. In a statement issued to USA TODAY and other outlets, a spokesperson for the network said: “LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that.” Ball was making an appearance on the show when Qerim Rose said she wanted to “switch gears” and move on to another topic — to which Ball responded: “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
Qerim Rose then urged Ball to “stay focused,” and she was praised by former ESPN reporter Jemele Hill for how she handled the situation. “Kudos to Molly Querim for the professional way she handled LaVar Ball after his inappropriate comment,” she tweeted. “Maybe ESPN will have finally learned its lesson about putting him on TV.”
“I guarantee: Like I say again, it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship,” LaVar Ball told ESPN while at the Drew League on Saturday to watch his son LaMelo play. “Guarantee it. “They’re going to regret it. I’m going to have fun with it. Because I told you all, it was crashing down. Now [the Lakers] completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before the thing exploded. I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you can survive this. You let him go, oh, it’s going to be a cold day in hell. Trust and believe that.”
.@ShannonSharpe: Are you saying Lonzo is better than LeBron? @Lavarbigballer: Yes.
Why is it not working for Lonzo in LA? LaVar Ball: Lonzo makes everyone better. How can you do that when you have 4 guys dribbling it up the court and have Lonzo in the corner. He’s never been a guy that just stands in the corner and shoots 3’s and plays half court defense. He’s been a guy who controls the game. You can’t do that if you keep taking him out.
In a radio interview with Phoenix station Arizona Sports 98.7, Ball called out Luke Walton and the Lakers both, blaming the franchise and the head coach for holding his son back. The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude…Luke Walton was the worst coach ever for Lonzo. He’s been losing for three years.
Late in Sunday’s episode of Ball in the Family, we saw as LaMelo followed up his poor Game 2 performance with a brawl and ejection against BC Dzukija in Lithuania — a game that Dzukija went on to win. LaVar was absolutely furious. The fight broke out at the 18-minute mark of the episode with an incensed LaVar watching everything unfold from the sideline. He said of LaMelo: “Didn’t I tell you don’t do this on that stage? Oh, I wanted to choke the hell out of him. Like, man, you messing this up for a lot of people, man. For a lot of people.”
Quietly … ’cause LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he and LeBron James stay outta each other’s way in Los Angeles — and things have gone along just fine. “I really don’t have a relationship with LeBron,” the big Baller says. “I like it. He ain’t done nothing bad to me, I ain’t done nothing bad to him. So, as long as we good, we’ll be all right.”
During his recent appearance on Power 106 radio in Los Angeles, the outspoken father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said the team still belongs to his son. “How is it going to be LeBron’s team? He ain’t homegrown,” LaVar said. “You say what you want but we know what it is… Lonzo didn’t go to Cleveland. LeBron came over here. We already over here.”
“He can’t learn nothing from Lonzo, and Lonzo can’t learn nothing from him,” LaVar said. “What they gotta do is win together. They both know how to win, so that’s the main thing.”
Strength has rarely (if ever) been an issue for LeBron James. The newly minted Los Angeles Lakers superstar has managed to survive 15 grueling years in the NBA—including three championships in nine Finals appearances—without a major injury, thanks in no small part to his ability to dole out punishment rather than absorb it. Leave it to LaVar Ball, then, to play the part of contrarian. During an interview in Dallas with Fanatics View, the Big Baller Brand CEO questioned the King’s ability to contain him in his “heyday,” when he allegedly weighed 270 pounds and bench-pressed 500 pounds. “Me and LeBron 1-on-1, he too weak,” LaVar said. “All I got to do is back you in,” he added later. “I’ll lift all of them off they feet.”
LaVar Ball is already clearing off space on Lonzo’s trophy case — telling TMZ Sports he expects FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS now that LeBron James is on the Lakers! “I called LeBron to L.A.,” LaVar told us at a BBB pop-up shop at Sole Play in Atlanta … “I knew he was coming to L.A., man! Everything lined up for me!” But, what about the Golden State Warriors signing DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins — is LaVar concerned about the reigning NBA champs??
“The Warriors can sign Boogie, Prince, Michael Jordan … anybody they want! They still ain’t gonna win with this team right here — the Lakers with LeBron!” Lavar Ball added, “You don’t give my son the best player in the game and don’t think he gonna win no championships!”
“If they wanna trade him, trade him. It’ll be the worst move they ever made.” LaVar went off at his JBA season opener on Thursday afternoon — when we asked about the rumblings that Magic Johnson could ship Lonzo to San Antonio to get Kawhi Leonard. “If they wanna trade him, trade him. If they don’t wanna trade him, keep him. He’s gonna do his thing. I’m not worried about no trades.
LaVar went on to demonstrate (and denigrate) the Lakers’ supposedly lax approach to coaching Lonzo, as only he can, before suggesting what he would do. “Me, I would’ve told him, ‘Hey man, put the ball in the hole and quite f’ing around. If you’re gonna play, play. If you not, don’t even do nothing, but let somebody else just pass the ball, man,’” the Big Baller said. “They don’t do him like that.”
LaVar insisted that he told the Lakers to “stop babying” Zo, but “if that’s not in you like that,” L.A. may not be able to get the message across in the right way. “He responds to that because that’s the way I got him,” he added. “I don’t respond to him like, ‘Hey Lonzo, what do you think, man? You’re gonna be alright.’”
“I tell them, ‘My dad ain’t got no tats. I ain’t got no tats,’” LaVar said on “In the Zone” with Chris Broussard. “But you know the fact I don’t like them, you go get them anyway, what else can I do?” He’s also cited business and family matters for trying (and failing) to swear his sons off of tattoos—and keep them from adding new ones. “There’s a reason everybody don’t get endorsement deals doing it,” LaVar said. “They all tatted up and it’s not for that. You can’t hold no baby in the hospital all tatted up with your arms and stuff.”
The Big Baller Brand’s unveiling of LaMelo Ball’s “Melo Ball 1” shoe could turn out to be a game-changer in more ways than one. As LaVar Ball explained to a staffer at the Professional Basketball Combine in Florida—where LiAngelo Ball is due to audition on Wednesday—Melo becoming the first high-school kid with his own signature basketball shoe could spark NBA players, most of whom don’t have their own kicks, to seek out their own silhouettes. “Everybody gonna start going like this, ‘You know what? I want my own damn shoe,’” the Ballfather explained. “If I have Melo come out at 16 years old in high school with a shoe, I make all the NBA players look at Nike and Adidas and be like, ‘Where’s my signature shoe?’”
“We’re not going to waste our time no more”, LaVar told. LiAngelo injured his ankle, LaMelo didn’t get any playing time, so LaVar decided to take all his sons back to LA. Lonzo is visiting his family in Prienai right now. They’re set to leave Sunday-Monday.
In the Big Baller’s mind, that oft-rumored possibility is a done deal precisely due to Zo’s influence. “Now LeBron say, ‘I’ll go to LA.’ He didn’t say that before Lonzo got there,” LaVar said during a recent appearance on Delfi TV in Lithuania. “So when I tell them, ‘Yeah, he coming because Lonzo’s here,’ people look at me crazy and be like, ‘So he’s just coming just because your son is here?’ Yeah. He’s young and passes the ball, so he’s coming because my boy is here.”
Lonzo Ball is set to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup on Thursday against the Miami Heat, following a two-game stint on the bench after a 15-game absence on account of a sprained MCL in his left knee. In LaVar Ball’s mind, the blame for that setback, along with Zo’s previous six-game absence with a sprained shoulder, belongs at the feet of the Purple and Gold. His reasoning? That head coach Luke Walton’s penchant for playing him in shorter bursts and resting him in between, rather than having him play through, put the Crown Prince of Chino Hills in peril. “So now you got him going 100 miles an hour then stop, 100 miles an hour then stop,” the Big Baller explained during a recent appearance on Delfi TV in Lithuania. “So now you start getting injuries. So now, people like, ‘Man he’s injury prone.’ ‘Cause y’all injuring him.”
The house-cleaning in Cleveland was all for nothing — because LeBron James is leaving the Cavs to sign with the Lakers in the off-season … at least, that’s what LaVar Ball believes. The Big Baller was at his pop-up shop in L.A. when we asked about the possibility of Bron coming out West to play with Lonzo when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. LaVar is not only convinced it’s going to happen — he tells TMZ Sports, “Lonzo is gonna make HIM a better player!”
Lonzo Ball also said he had no reaction to comments made by his father, LaVar Ball, that detailed a plan in which the point guard will not re-sign with the Lakers when his rookie contract is up unless the Lakers eventually sign his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Ball reiterated that he just sticks to playing basketball no matter what headlines his father creates. “I did [see it],” Ball said when asked about LaVar’s comments to a Lithuanian reporter. “No reaction [to it]. Like I said, I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”
Donatas Urbonas: LaVar Ball on his big plan how he’s going to bring Lonzo, Melo and Gelo to one NBA team: “Lonzo will be on his 3rd year and I want let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers, but will go to any team, that will take all of my three boys.”
LaVar Ball: I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. But if that does not happen. I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back Gelo here (Prienai) to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want let every NBA team know. that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers but will go to any leans that will take all of my three lboys. That’s my plan. Lonzo plays best when he is with his brother. Why wouldn’t — he is hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother? Why wouldn’t you be smart and say: so, you want your brother? Come on. let’s complete the Royal Flush and get the other brother.
LaVar Ball: We don’t have to go any draft. Just sips hiss in a free agency. You don’t have to give Gelo 15M. Give my million for three years. we’ll take it. Cause they snake so much money off the court. they loose spare change. So now you win championship after championship on fact that my boys will never leave. That’s what I mean championship. championship. championship. You got to keep the team together for a long time. but you can’t because more money is offered. that’s why guys jumping between the teams. But what’s better than three Ball boys together? The Big Three. The original Big Three.
It started with an easy question about Ball’s high school basketball career. Hart: Did you play all four years in high school? Ball: I played all fo … well see high school only went from 10th grade. You don’t get four years. Hart: That was the perfect answer! Did you play all four years in high school? ‘Well I … (Mumbles)’ Ball: You only get three years in high school for us. Hart: What position did you play? Ball: Any position. You know a point guard told me: ‘Lavar, I’m the one to get you the ball.’ And you know what I told him? ‘I’m the one who gets the [expletive] rebound to get to you to give it to me.’
Not because he doesn’t think he can do it; he’s gone out of his way to claim how easy it is. Rather, as he said during an appearance on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles on Monday, the compensation, in his eyes, isn’t adequate. “The NBA head coaching job don’t pay me enough,” he said. “I’m a CEO. I got other stuff to do. I just do that in my spare time just to show you it’s a hobby and it’s very easy.”
What does Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr think about LaVar Ball calling him the “Milli Vanilli of coaching”? If the two-time NBA champion coach has any thoughts at all on the Big Baller Brand CEO’s latest slight from Lithuania, he wasn’t willing to share them with the assembled media on Monday. “We’re not talking about that,” Kerr said flatly. “Basketball, we’ll talk about basketball. Who wants to have a basketball question?”
Monte Poole: ‘LaVar is smart, marketing-wise. See, because we keep talking about him. I like LaVar. That’s my mans.’ – @Andre Iguodala in the wake of LaVar Ball comments indicating Steve Kerr is ‘the Milli Vanilli of coaching.’
LaVar called in from Prienai on Monday morning to reveal that he’s no longer speaking to ESPN reporters—namely, Jeff Goodman and Ramona Shelburne—and that the Triple B’s will be co-branding with a Lithuanian company on some high-quality hydration soon. “I sent Jeff Goodman home early,” Ball said, per audio provided by the Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel. “Otherwise he would have still been out here. But how are you going to be out here if I won’t interview with you no more? You got to come home.”
LaVar called Goodman “sheisty” for sneaking in questions about Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball when the two were scheduled to sit down and chat about Gelo and Melo earlier this month. That interview spawned the Ballfather’s now-infamous comments about Luke Walton having “lost” his team, along with the ensuing firestorm. LaVar revealed that Goodman had tried to go around him and talk to his brother, LaValle, who has been with the Ball family throughout its stay in Lithuania.
The Ballfather lambasted Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton’s former boss, who has derided LaVar as “the Kardashian of the NBA,” in explaining how easy coaching can be. “He’s the Milli Vanilli of coaching,” the Big Baller said. “What I mean is, you can go stand in the same spot like Luke Walton did and win 20-something games when you’ve got the right horses just running. Sometimes less coaching is the best coaching, but some of these guys like to act like they’ve really coached some guys that know how to play. “How do you coach KD [Kevin Durant], Steph Curry, Draymond Green And Klay Thompson? You know how you coach them? You don’t. Turn your back and let them do what they do.”
Ball, who was up at 5 a.m. local time Saturday to watch his son Lonzo Ball in his first game back with the Lakers since suffering a sprained shoulder on Dec. 23, expressed his frustration with Walton in an exclusive interview with ESPN. “You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said from a spa resort in Birstonas, where he is staying while his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, get ready to make their professional debuts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”
“That’s a good team,” he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games. “Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player.”
Lavar Ball also said he is confident that LeBron James, whom he has never met, will be coming to the Lakers this offseason as a free agent. “LeBron’s coming to L.A. I know he’s coming to L.A.,” Ball said. “LeBron is not a fool. What’s the only way he can beat Jordan? You can’t get more championships. Only one way, to say every team I’ve gone to I’ve won a championship. Go to Lakers and win a championship, then you’re better than Jordan.
During a press conference in Lithuania, LaVar Ball was asked to sign a Lakers hat and write the date that all three Ball brothers would be playing together in Los Angeles. “Melo is… 16, that’s going to be two years. 2020.” Ball was asked to clarify when LaMelo, his youngest son, would make it to the NBA, and the Big Baller made an even more shocking prediction. “The youngest one [in two years], that’s what I’m talking about. Gelo will be this year… this June. Gelo will be there.”
LaVar Ball: “It’s OK. Sportscasters, they’ve got a job to do and like I tell them, ‘I’m controversial.’ You’ve got to say something about me, whether it be good or bad. Some folks like Charles Barkley, Cris Carter and others, I don’t talk to them anymore. So if they call me on them shows now and say, ‘Oh, LaVar, can you talk to me?’ No, I’m not going to talk to you. ‘Why?’ Because I don’t have to now. Like I tell writers and stuff, ‘Write what you want. I don’t care whether it be good or bad, but you’ve got to suffer the consequences.’ Like Jeff Goodman, I talk to him all the time, ever since he’s interviewed my boys when they were in high school. But he doesn’t do that stuff like Stephen A. Smith. I was cool with him for a minute until I’ve seen his MO, his, ‘Ah, I like LaVar, but I don’t like the fact that he does this and he does that.’ It’s like this: If I don’t want to talk to nobody, I don’t have to talk to them. And that’s what they don’t get. Here’s the thing what they’ve got to understand: Is it worth all that?
LaVar Ball: You’re going to have to talk to me because I’ve got three boys and they’ve got all the same agent. So it’s better to be on the good side than the bad side. Like Charles Barkley, he’s been talking crazy. ‘LaVar is a bad father, this and that.’ And I’m just, like, ‘Don’t even talk about Gelo going to China because you’ve been in jail in Arizona. You have kids that you don’t even talk about. You have a daughter nobody knows about.’ A lot of things he’s done bad. I was a fan of Charles because of how hard he played. And now, he’s doing all this talking like Stephen A. Smith.
LaVar Ball: “The market is going to be good here because now, we’re not just Big Baller Brand around the corner. We’re in Lithuania, and that means you’re global. And when you get global, now you’ve got Europeans liking you, the states liking you, over in China liking you. We’re bigger than just a Nike brand that’s in Portland. You see what I’m saying? So we can be as big as we want to be by us venturing out and not having a bad name for our brand. And see, that’s what it is. It’s just getting bigger and bigger. It’s going to be some good connections out here. I think the connections that we have here are going to happen organically. They’re not going to be predetermined, and we’re just going to go from there.”
LaVar Ball didn’t wait long to start picking up the local language in Lithuania. Within his first day in Prienai, the Big Baller Brand CEO was already working on phrases to help him navigate through the nation with his family while LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball begin their professional basketball careers with Prienu Vytautas. “Boy, you guys are teaching the Big Baller language already. See, that’s what I’m talking about,” he coos for the cameras. “Soon as we touch down, let’s learn something.”
Ball admits there’s a lot of work to do to get the league ready. No venues have been rented and ticket prices haven’t been set. He also doesn’t have any players yet; the league won’t include his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo, who have signed with Prienai Birstonas Vytautas in Lithuania. The logo for the league features a silhouette of Ball’s son Lonzo, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, going to the hoop for a dunk. “We don’t need a logo of a guy dribbling,” Ball said, in an obvious reference to the NBA’s famous Jerry West silhouette. “Nobody does that anymore.”
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”
Bill Oram: Before MSG security kicked us out, LaVar said he had “a great conversation” with Lakers. “What I love about them is just the communication we have as a family and as friends,” he said. “To fix the situation & just solutions that we throw off each other. And that’s all it is.”
LaVar Ball confirmed the meeting took place, telling ESPN, “It was the best thing, man. Everybody’s going to try to make it an ego thing, like I’m trying to tell them what to do, or they’re trying to tell me to tone it down. It’s not about that. It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem.”
“If he invited me to the White House, and if he had some Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, I might come,” LaVar said during an appearance on “The Ringer NBA Show” podcast with Juliet Litman. “But if he doing the cooking, I ain’t coming. I need somebody that know how to cook there if he going to invite me to the White House.” “I want some good food,” the Ballfather went on. “I’m not coming there to do no talking. I’m coming there to eat dinner first and then talk.”
LaVar Ball said his oldest son, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, is “disgusted” with how the team has been playing. And the outspoken father blamed the Lakers’ recent struggles on how the coaching staff has been utilizing his son. The Knicks announced he would be reevaluated after two weeks, didn’t give a concrete timetable and ominously announced he would start “a treatment and rehabilitation plan.” That language doesn’t sound like a two-week injury. A stress injury, according to medical experts, means Hardaway either has a stress reaction or, more severely, a stress fracture to either his fibula or tibia. A leading expert on basketball leg injuries, Dr. William Hsu of Northwestern, told The Post a stress reaction to those inflamed bones can put a player out two to six weeks. A stress fracture is more of a two-month process but surgery is not required.
Sirius XM NBA: “I don’t care what these scouts have to say. If they see him playing with @Lonzo Ball , it’s a done deal.” @LaVar Ball on @LiAngeloBall’s chances in the pros, he also said that all three of his sons will play with #Lakers
Sirius XM NBA: “He’s disgusted, he’s not used to losing like this. The #Lakers should build around Lonzo. Why are they sitting him down and not starting him the 4th quarter? This is why the record is raggedy.” -@bigballerbrand CEO @LaVar Ball on @Lonzo Ball
“Yeah, I got words for Byron Scott: Shut the hell up and do what you do,” he told TMZ Sports. “Leave me alone. He ain’t doing nothing now.” Ball continued, “Tell him, if he want his name in the news, go do something. You ain’t gotta talk about ball to get your name in the news. “But then again, yes you do, ’cause ain’t nobody talk about Byron Scott doing nothing.”
LaVar Ball is now going after Lonzo Ball’s teammates. After the Lakers dropped a game at home to the Warriors in overtime, LaVar Ball explained that Julius Randle should have passed the ball to his son at the end of regulation. “I’ll tell you the crucial point. When Julius got that ball at the end, he should have threw it forward. Lonzo had a wide open layup! Or three-pointer. That’s game! It wouldn’t have went to overtime, that was game. Julius tried to take too many dribbles, then they fouled him, or they called timeout. But if he would have thrown the ball ahead, coach wouldn’t have called a timeout. Even if he did, he can’t call it because the ball’s in the air. Lonzo’s running the lane, game over. That’s the best time to score.”
LaVar Barll: “Until I die, I will always think my son is better than Steph Curry. Always! … I’ve trained my son, I know what he’s about. You know what Steph’s about. … He could be a 10-time MVP! I still don’t think he’s better than my son!”
“Check this out, I’m going to send Trump some ZO2s,” Ball told TMZ. “We just got them out, man, we putting them on flight today, today is the 24th, and I said we’re shipping out ZO2s. You know what, I got to ship some to Trump so he can calm down a little bit.” “Them ZO2s is coming for you Trump. Remember you put them on, you’re going to ease up a little bit.”
Lonzo Ball has shown the ability to both run a team and contribute defensively, but the obvious complaint is his 31.3 percent shooting from the field, coupled with 22.8 percent from three-point range. For LaVar Ball, it’s not about efficiency but results. “Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That’s why I’m down here saying, ‘Rebound,'” he continued. “He’s been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game—they’re trying to baby him a little bit.”
Lonzo Ball credited assistant coach Brian Shaw for urging him to hit the boards more aggressively. Both his father and the Lakers coaching staff want the same result for the point guard but have very different approaches. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar Ball said. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” Does he have a problem with coach Luke Walton? “No, I have a problem with losing,” Ball responded.
Luke Walton: “As you’re building, you’re on that path. It’s never [smooth]. It’s never just you get it and all of a sudden you don’t have slippage anymore. Every team goes through it. The important thing for us is that we learn from our mistakes, we keep our head up, we keep working and grinding away to get where we all want to be.” That’s the kind of talk LaVar Ball seems to shun. “What I mean by babying [Lonzo], ‘He’ll figure it out,'” Ball said. “It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him?’ Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.” “They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” he continued. “Forget about that! Put the [onus] on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”
Ohm Youngmisuk: LaVar Ball reiterated there’s no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. “You heard what he tweeted,” Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. “He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren’t in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?… He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you… Do I think the president helped? I don’t know. I don’t care and I don’t know.” Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Adam Zagoria: “If I was going to thank somebody I would probably thank President Xi. He’s the President in China.” – LaVar Ball
“There has to be something … look (laughs), you’re the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, there has to be something more important than getting into it with LaVar Ball or Marshawn Lynch,” Van Gundy told reporters. “I mean, there just has to be something else that you can be spending your time on as president. “I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know, North Korea, trade pacts … there just has to be something. It just can’t be at the top of your priority list, I wouldn’t think. But obviously, it is.”
“You see Gortat, he put [Wall] in trouble like that. Don’t put no pressure on your point guard like that,” LaVar told Bleacher Report after the Lakers’ 102-99 overtime victory over Washington. “He’s not me. Lonzo, I’ve been telling him since he’s been a baby. It’s easy to him.” “I already knew what was going to happen. Like I tried to tell you all, he won’t be losing two games,” LaVar said. “Even if I’m wrong or right, you know what I’m going to do? Go get me some donuts and go back to sleep.”
Marcin Gortat: man….. pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min 😂😂😂😂
The Lakers host Washington on Wednesday, and LaVar said that the Wizards “better beware because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.” On Monday, Wizards center Marcin Gortat took notice to the video and offered his own Twitter commentary on the NBA’s most outlandish parent.
Gortat quickly responded that John Wall would torture Lonzo for 48 minutes on Wednesday. When a fan commented about the pressure LaVar puts on Lonzo, Gortat said that LaVar will “kill his son one day.”
LaVar Ball fired back at Patrick Beverley after the LA Clippers guard shouted an obscenity as he walked into the locker room that was presumed to be about Lonzo Ball. After the Clippers routed the Los Angeles Lakers 108-92 and held Ball to three points, four assists and nine rebounds in his debut, Beverley was heard screaming, “weak ass m—–f—–. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up,” as he walked off the court and into the locker room. “Yeah, you shut the m—–f—– down,” LaVar Ball told ESPN after the game. “And your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK … Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it.
“So you got to be [all hard],” Ball added as he slapped his fists together. “Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”
“One game. OK, you still don’t have your own shoe, you are still not your own boss,” he continued. “I know why you are looking at me. And you want to tell me that I got your son! Well I got two more you can try to get some of, too. They will be here, don’t worry about it. I don’t worry about one game.”
Eric Sondheimer: Stunning news: LaVar Ball said he is pulling junior LaMelo from Chino Hills and will home-school him the next two years and train him.
“I’m going to make him the best basketball player ever,” LaVar said. “It’s good for Melo,” LaVar said. “Less distractions. He just needs to focus.” The next time people will be able to see LaMelo play is next spring in travel ball.”They’ll have to sit back and wait,” LaVar said.
Well, OK then, LaVar. But there’s just one problem: LeBron plays for the Cavaliers. Not for long, according to LaVar. He’s convinced LeBron will join Lonzo in Los Angeles next season: “I know it’s gonna happen,” Ball said. “Let’s just keep it real on the business aspect. [LeBron] is one of the best players probably, over Jordan … but the fact is he hasn’t won enough. You been to the Finals too many times and haven’t won enough. “But the other thing that makes you better is if you do a three-peat and you won for three different teams. You went to Miami and won. You went to Cleveland and won. Now come to L.A. and win, and guess what? Now you’re the greatest player ever if you win two or three in a row.
Reiter then followed up with the question on everyone’s mind: If LeBron comes to L.A. to join Lonzo, whose team will it be? “Whose team is it? Man, everybody know whose team it is — it’s Lonzo Ball’s team! LeBron’s coming over here to join us. We ain’t going over there to join him! If you come to my house, and you need somewhere to stay — it ain’t your house because you came here to stay. It’s my house!”
LaVar said, calling out the NCAA: “The only thing they worried about is the money. How you thinking about not saying that the shoe look good or nothing like that? The first thing they’re trying to say is. ‘How can we make him ineligible?’ This has never happened before. So, you don’t even have a rule for it. You’re trying to find one. To say, ‘Yo, we gotta make him ineligible because he can’t be making money off a shoe.’”
He continued: “See here’s the thing, he’s not even in the NCAA and they’re trying to make something. He’s got two more years! So why even worry about that right now? But here’s the thing, when it comes to basketball and you’re good, you just better be ready for training camp … Who cares? He won’t go to the NCAA. ‘Oh, he better go overseas.’ Why? All he gotta do is be faster and stronger. And when it’s time to prepare, we could sit out for as long as we want.”
Kristian Winfield: LaVar Ball said Carmelo Anthony should be mad he wasn’t ranked in the Top 10.
In a totally precedented move, outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball has said something ridiculous. The latest on his Big Baller Brand, according to Slam, comes via a live Instagram question and answer session in which he discussed making his own signature shoe. “I just don’t know when I’m coming out with it yet. ‘The LaVar-iccis!’ Holler at your boy! But I will give you a tip,” Ball said. “Make sure you save your money because they’re gonna be $1,500 or more. Cause I’m gonna design them and they’re gonna be fly. My bad—they’re gonna be baller-ized.”
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The Jump on ESPN: Zach Lowe on Ben Simmons trade: “I don’t think they have anything close right now or last night. As of now, I expect this to linger into the summer which would get awkward. They don’t have traction anywhere”
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A deal to send Hield to the Lakers for Harrell and Kuzma seemed all but certain, until it wasn’t Thursday when The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the Lakers instead are sending Kuzma and Harrell to Washington as part of a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook. League sources said all the players involved in the much-discussed Lakers-Kings deal expected that trade to happen.
Zach Lowe: I heard the Lakers were adamantly opposed to — ‘We are not hardcapping ourselves, we’re just not doing that to our in-season flexibility, we want to maintain our options’. And that precludes Kyle Lowry being signed and traded — anyone you want to sign and trade to the Lakers, it precludes from happening.
Kyle Kuzma: Man oh man where do I begin??? Lakeshow we’ve had a journey. I was 21 and just a young pup coming here and you guys opened up your arms openly and accepted me into the LA community! Coming into to this league I told Robby, Jeanie and Magic that all I wanted to do here is help be apart of something special and help be apart one of those banners (now) 17 banners and dammit we did it!