Lakers Enforcing ‘LaVar Ball Rule’ At Staples Center

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He has his own shoe brand. He has his own reality show. Now, LaVar Ball has a rule implemented just for him by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are enforcing “an existing policy” that no longer allows members of the media to congregate in a section of the arena among family and associates of players after games, according to ESPN.

Reading between the lines one can easily determine that this rule was made to restrict the outspoken LaVar Ball, father of Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.

Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the conclusion of games but interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden.

In the past the media socialized and would sometimes interview individuals in that sector without interference. But, if a media member is recognized in that area moving forward then arena security or Laker staffers direct that he or she leave the area.

“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson said in the ESPN report. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”

Ball has been critical of the Lakers coaches at times, and most notably in November he commented that the coaches weren’t tough enough on Lonzo.

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told Bleacher Report. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

Ball again made critical comments directed at Lakers staff and Julius Randle after the Lakers 127-123 loss in overtime to the Golden State Warriors.

In the postgame interview on ESPN, Ball said that Randle should have passed to Lonzo and questioned Lakers’ coach Luke Walton’s decision to call a timeout.

“I’ll tell you the crucial point. When Julius [Randle] got that ball at the end, he should have thrown it forward. Lonzo had a wide-open layup. Or 3-pointer. That’s game. It wouldn’t have gone 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.

“… But every time they score two 3-pointers, it’s a game of runs. Don’t call timeout, because that’s means you’re scared. You make two 3-pointers on me, I got two more to come…Do the Big Baller move. Don’t call no timeouts.”