LaVar Ball is running his mouth. Again.
The father of Lonzo Ball took to the radio and ripped apart current Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, likely as a play to help push a trade that would get his son, Lonzo Ball, out of Los Angeles.
Ball made the following comments about Walton during an appearance on the ‘Doug & Wolf’ radio show in Arizona.
“Luke Walton was the worst coach he ever had. It was Magic [Johnson] who said he was going to be the dang face of the franchise. But Magic ain’t doing no coaching. And the only person to kill Lonzo is the coach pulling him out and not having no confidence in him. Everyone who’s had confidence in Lonzo just let him go and let him win. That’s what he does. He wins. Luke Walton turned him into a loser. A loser’s mentality is like, ‘Oh, he’s young, he’ll get it.’ Instead of just letting him go out there and do what he does.”
Ball blames the Lakers for his son’s slowed development;
“The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude.”
Ball has stated that he wants Lonzo to head to the Phoenix Suns, who desperately need a point guard, where he feels he can truly grow into a superstar, saying it’s “the best place for Lonzo”.
“I tell you what: Lonzo makes everybody better. That’s what he’s always did all his life. You don’t even hear of [Kyle] Kuzma if Lonzo don’t make him in the Las Vegas Summer League. You see every time Kuzma plays by himself? [Josh] Hart, [Brandon] Ingram by himself? They don’t get nothing. They look raggedy.”
Lakers’ Optimistic About Kyrie Irving
After the acquisition of Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling pretty good about their chances of landing another high-profile free agent.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, a source close to Lakers’ star LeBron James said that the Lakers were optimistic that they can land point guard Kyrie Irving, prior to the Davis deal.
While the Davis deal could have changed things for the Lakers, it may not completely rule out the addition of Irving as well.
According to The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Irving has expressed a desire to play with Davis.
Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him
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.
Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks
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.
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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