Posts Tagged ‘LaVar Ball’

While Lonzo Ball won’t express it publicly, the Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard is frustrated with the way his team is playing, according to his father.

“He’s very disgusted but won’t say anything because he’s not used to losing like this,” LaVar said of his 20-year-old son Wednesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

The Lakers have lost five straight games and sit 11th in the Western Conference. While they have the eighth-best defensive rating in the league, their offense ranks among the league’s worst.

LaVar believes their woes can be fixed easily if “everybody would just drop their egos and just listen” to what he’s saying, and called out the head coach specifically over his purported mismanagement of Lonzo’s minutes.

“Luke Walton is doing what he’s doing, just like playing Lonzo in and out,” LaVar said. “Playing him a few minutes here, they wonder why his legs are sore. ‘Cause they’re running him a hundred miles per hour and then they shut him down for 10 minutes.”

LaVar added he doesn’t understand why the No. 2 pick isn’t starting fourth quarters and sometimes even spends the entire final frame on the bench.

Of course, it’s not the first time the loquacious dad has criticized the Lakers, and specifically, Walton’s decisions. He previously said the team was “soft” and didn’t know how to coach Lonzo. More recently, he said Walton’s decision to burn a timeout late against the Golden State Warriors cost Los Angeles the game and wasn’t a “Big Baller move.”

Lonzo is averaging 8.7 points while shooting just 31.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep, to go along with seven assists, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 32.9 minutes per game for the Lakers, who are on pace to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

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One of the most memorable television moments from WWE this year was LaVar Ball’s appearance on “Monday Night Raw” in June, when he took over “Miz TV.”

WWE had a script prepared for Ball and his two sons, Lonzo and LaMelo, but as The Miz revealed on a recent episode of the “Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast,”LaVar decided to improvise instead.

“I walk into their dressing room to go over the script … ‘This is what we’re kind of looking for, do you want to go over it?’ And (LaVar) goes, ‘Nah, we’re good.’ I go, ‘Are you sure?’ He goes, ‘Nah, we’re good.’ I go, ‘Alright, so I guess we’re just going to wing it out there,'” The Miz recalled.

When asked if Ball taking off his shirt was pre-planned, The Miz replied, “It was not planned at all. I was like, ‘I’m just gonna let him do his thing because guess what? People are going to be talking about it for months on end.'”

The Miz went on to praise Ball, particularly for how supportive he is of his children.

The developing feud between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball isn’t Steve Kerr’s cup of tea.

Trump and Ball began a war of words over the weekend as a result of the former claiming credit for freeing three UCLA players, including Ball’s son LiAngelo, from detainment in China for alleged shoplifting. The players thanked Trump, but the Ball patriarch dismissed the role he played in liberating the trio, leading the president to state he “should have left them in jail.

While plenty were shocked by the U.S. head of state’s quotes, Kerr is simply tired of hearing about both outspoken individuals.

“Modern life … Two people seeking attention and they’re both getting it. I’m sure both guys are really happy. We know it would help if all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible?” he asked the media during a scrum Sunday, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “You could probably stop covering LaVar; I don’t think you can stop covering the president.

“It would be nice for all of us if both of them could just be quiet. Wouldn’t that be great?”

It isn’t the first time the Golden State Warriors head coach has expressed frustration with either Trump or Ball.

In March, prior to the Los Angeles Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball, Kerr warned LaVar his constant bragging wouldn’t do his sons any favors. Kerr has also been public about his dissatisfaction with Trump, including in May, when he opined that the 71-year-old “couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president.”

LaVar Ball says he knows what type of coaching his son, 20-year-old rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, needs to be successful in the NBA, but thinks that isn’t what the Los Angeles Lakers are currently providing him

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar said Friday after the Lakers fell to 6-10 with a 122-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns, according to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

The head of Big Baller Brand added that he has no problem with Lakers head coach Luke Walton, but that he does with losing games.

After falling to the Suns, Walton said it’s important for his younger players to learn from their errors, and not to get too low each time they lose.

LaVar would apparently take a different approach with the impressionable roster, saying he would hold them more accountable for their mistakes.

“What I mean by babying (Lonzo), ‘He’ll figure it out,'” LaVar 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 added. “Forget about that. Put the (onus) on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”

LaVar added that losing at home “ain’t OK,” and said there aren’t any moral victories in a loss. “That’s why they’re so cool with losing by five or six, (to) say, ‘We was in the game.'”

Lonzo followed up his six-point performance against the Suns with his second triple-double of the 2017-18 campaign, ending Sunday’s 18-point blowout of the Denver Nuggets with 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists in just under 40 minutes of action.

He’s averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.5 steals for the 7-10 Lakers, although his 31.3 field-goal percentage and his 22.8 3-point percentage has left a lot to be desired.

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Shaquille O’Neal is calling out LaVar Ball again – this time, in the form of a diss track.

TMZ Sports premiered the track Thursday, on which O’Neal mocks Ball’s basketball career (“I been doing this a long time / When you was averaging two points, riding the pine”) and addresses Ball’s claims that he’d beat him and Michael Jordan one-one-one (“First you can beat Mike, then you can beat me / Wake that ass up, you havin’ a dream”).

Earlier this week, O’Neal shared an Instagram photo of himself in a vintage Los Angeles Lakers jersey and declared himself the “Original Big Baller.”

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The always outspoken LaVar Ball and the world of professional wrestling seem like a match made in heaven.

With “Monday Night Raw” airing live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 26, World Wrestling Entertainment is reportedly interested in having LaVar – the father of the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, Lonzo – appear on its programming that night, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin.

The two sides have been in talks, but nothing is yet set in stone.

While livestreaming Thursday’s NBA draft from their seats, LaVar and the rest of the Ball family in attendance were overheard discussing what sounds like the possibility of him being on the show.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kept up his criticism of LaVar Ball on Friday, saying that the publicity-seeking hoops dad is cheapening the college game.

“Everybody knows about his sons because he has been able to hype them,” Abdul-Jabbar told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. “But I don’t think that’s good for college basketball. It looks like it’s a huckster show. And that bothers me, you know. You have people going those lengths to promote their kids. I don’t get it.”

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer has been critical of Ball before, saying last month that he doesn’t think LaVar is doing his sons any good. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA and could also end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar, who has won more NBA MVPs (six) than anyone else in history, also reiterated his viewpoint that the one-and-done rule is a “travesty” for college basketball.

“One-and-dones doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “To have somebody come and be on campus for six months and play a basketball season, what is that? … it’s not good for the college game and it hasn’t been good for the pro game. I think they better find a different way of dealing with those issues.”

There’s a sense that alterations will need to eventually come to both eligibility and draft rules. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has gone on record saying the league is considering ditching the one-and-done rule as early as next season.