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.”
Lance Stephenson to Play in China
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis Says He is the Best in the World
Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis isn’t short on confidence, and he believes he is the very best in the world.
Although he didn’t win much during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans, nor has he ever won a championship, Davis is likely to be in title contention on his new team, the Lakers.
“I’m the best in the world,” Davis proclaimed, according to Alam Abdeldaiem of Sports Illustrated. “I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t do as far as playing a complete game. I can play on the block, play on the perimeter, play defense on both ends, switch 1-5, guard, score the basketball. I want to be the most dominant player in the game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”
Davis also considers other players on the same level as himself, including his teammate LeBron James.
“Obviously you have players like Kawhi, KD, LeBron, Steph all of those guys who are the same way. They’re great players, talented players, Hall of Famers, and that’s what makes our game fun. Everyone wants to be the best in the league. Everyone wants to be the most dominant, and that’s when our competitive edge comes out on the floor and makes the game so fun to watch.”
Lakers Reach Out to Patrick Beverley
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, the Lakers have reached out to the reps for Beverley.
Beverley hits free agency and will draw interest from a number of teams, including his last team, the Clippers.
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