Report: Lakers asked LaVar Ball to pull back on criticism of Luke Walton




 

There's so much transparent marketing happening with LaVar Ball that it's often not worth the server space to type up what he says and post it. The father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is so breathlessly unexciting in his pitch for relevance in comparison to the actual happenings of the NBA, the irony of which is not unnoticed here.

Still, Mr. Ball has infrequently stepped out from his professional Uncle At a Barbeque cosplay to criticize the Lakers and coach Luke Walton. Mr. Ball has made it clear he thinks Lonzo should play more often, and in fourth quarters. That hasn't been productive for either side, and it appears that the team has asked Mr. Ball to pull back on openly criticizing Walton.

According to a report from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the team and Mr. Ball met to discuss their relationship in November.

Via ESPN:

Mr. Ball's influence on his son is unique, but the team is far more than an avenue for Lonzo to play basketball. Indeed, Lonzo is not even one the best two or three players on the Lakers. The organization needs to function at a professional level and doesn't need Mr. Ball to achieve that. Sidestepping any Whataboutism in the face of sketchy NBA decisionmaking - Phil Jackson, the Bulls front office, any Billy King trade, Isiah Thomas, etc. - it's not immediately clear that Mr. Ball agrees.

It's got to be a hassle for Walton to have to deal with this type of thing. The team started enforcing an existing rule a rule recently that stops members of the media from congregating in the same area where NBA friends and family are after a game, but it's unlikely that will stop reporters from ambulance-chasing Ball any time soon.


Lonzo has remained in LA, which is exactly what Mr. Ball wanted when his son went to UCLA. The younger Ball has struggled a bit, but he's part of an energetic young core that's on the up in a tough conference. Lonzo is even leading the team in assists. But Mr. Ball persists in stepping where he's unqualified, presumably as a means to continue his guerilla marketing campaign (or perhaps motivated by it). LaVar doesn't realize his work is done - Lonzo is a Laker - and he should let 16 championship trophies in the No. 2 TV market in the country take it from here.

Instead, Mr. Ball produces the most boring and uninspiring stories week after week. This is the league where major free agents break their legs in the first five minutes of play with their new team, where MVPs sign with the best team of all-time after they've already won a championship, and where the best player of all-time gives you a crucial chasedown block in Game 7 of the Finals. Nothing Mr. Ball can do will ever be interesting in the grand scheme of the NBA.

Meanwhile, the Lakers and the New York Knicks actually played a pretty wild OT game on Tuesday. If only that were what we could all concentrate on.

COMMENTS

More Related News

NBA 2018-19: It
NBA 2018-19: It's a big season for - Ball, Kawhi, Carmelo, Love & Cousins

Can Lonzo prosper with LeBron? Will Kawhi fall for Toronto? Can Carmelo still make a difference? We are about to find out the answers...

Lakers
Lakers' Josh Hart on hardest player to guard: "James Harden, by far. BY FAR."

Who is the hardest player in the NBA to guard? Kevin Durant, with his lethal high-release jump shot and an ability to get to the rim? LeBron James, with his ability to physically overpower on the drive or just shoot over the top of the defender?

Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James
Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

Life without LeBron James won't be easy for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to take a significant step back after their native son's departure to California. After carrying the Cavs to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including a memorable first championship win

Warriors roster settles final spots without unsigned Patrick McCaw
Warriors roster settles final spots without unsigned Patrick McCaw

Long past the moment when they could comfortably accommodate Pat McCaw, the Warriors on Friday practically ran out of any space at all. In one 24-hour period that ended with a 119-105 loss to the Lakers on Friday night, the Warriors filled their second and final two-way spot by signing power forward Marcus Derrickson, while also settling on well-traveled small forward Alfonzo McKinnie as the 14th and final man on their NBA roster. With the regular season four days away, the Warriors felt they had little choice but to move on.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 119-105 preseason loss to Lakers
Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 119-105 preseason loss to Lakers

The Warriors concluded their preseason schedule Friday night with a 119-105 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at SAP Center. Stephen Curry, slated to play about 30 minutes, left the game late in the first quarter and did not return. The Warriors rested Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, while the Lakers rested LeBron James and Rajon Rondo.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Basketball

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.