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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.”

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Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him

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Former President of the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson finally spoke about his abrupt exit from this position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season.

Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.

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Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.

Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.

Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.

Lue is a preferred choice of Lakers superstar LeBron James, due to their relationship from their days together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, highlighted by a 2016 NBA Championship.

Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.

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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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