In only a short amount of time in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has become one of the most polarizing players in the league. A combination of LaVar Ball being his hype man, his inconsistency, his few-and-far-between impressive stat lines, and terrible shooting have led to a divisive line being formed between pro-Ball fans and anti-Ball fans.
Ball‘s 30.8% field goal percentage has given his haters a lot of ammo through the first month of the season, but in his most recent outing against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night — resulting in a 122-113 loss — Ball did something that sent the haters into a frenzy.
Trying to be the bigger man, Lonzo straight up walked away from a scrap between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ullis.
A little baby fight broke out in the Suns/Lakers game. Caldwell Pope sure is a tough guy picking a fight with a guy a foot shorter than him. pic.twitter.com/jcY8AMoiLM
— AZ Sports Zone (@ArizonaSports18) November 18, 2017
Understandably, many questioned Ball’s motive for ignoring a teammate getting physical with the opposition. Lonzo came back with this excuse.
“It’s the NBA. People ain’t really going to fight. I ain’t trying to get no tech.”
Obviously, that response didn’t help his situation very much.
After the events of the Malice at the Palace, the NBA has cracked down hard on fights during games, pretty much defusing situations before they have a chance to escalate, so most fans and players alike know that the chances of a player getting hit with a fist are slim to none.
Regardless, the leader of the Lakers — Magic said so himself — should be in amongst it helping out his teammates when a scuffle breaks out, and if he happens to get hit with a technical for backing up his boys, then so be it.