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.”
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Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.
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Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.
“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”
The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.
Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.
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