LaVar Ball Rumors
A new edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s popular Mean Tweets segment dropped on Tuesday. This time around, the focus is on people in the NBA world. The new clip features appearances from Shaquille O’Neal, LaVar Ball, Grant Hill, Caron Butler, Khris Middleton, Kemba Walker, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Lowry, Dwight Howard, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ja Morant, Brandon Ingram, Trae Young, Zach LaVine, and Pascal Siakam.
Leon Rose knows Lavar Ball from their past when CAA repped the family. The father’s eccentricities are not an issue. Sources believe Lavar, a former tight end on the Jets’ practice squad, wants all his sons on Broadway, and the Knicks are on Lonzo’s radar.
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.”
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.”
Saturday Night Live spoofed LaVar Ball with incredible Weekend Update spot. Thompson-as-Ball stopped by the Weekend Update desk last night to give his thoughts on his son LaMelo’s incredible rookie season and it was genuinely laugh-out-loud funny for almost the entire bit.
What makes the whole thing work, really, is that Thompson can barely hold it together. He’s being absolutely ridiculous — and yet, try as he might, he still can’t sound as grandiose and unwired as LaVar himself. Thompson can never really get all the way into character. He’s too excited to deliver the next joke. And it works beautifully. “Neva Lost to Godzilla. Neva to the Zilla.”