The Lakers knew what they were getting themselves into when they drafted Lonzo Ball over the summer. Acquiring him meant having to deal with his Father, LaVar, and all of his antics off the court.
While the Lakers are, so far, downplaying Lavar’s impact on the team and his son, it seems that even they have had enough. Coming off his usual splurge of comments, LaVar recently threw in some criticism toward head coach Luke Walton, claiming he was wrong for not giving Zo more opportunities.
And in light of those comments, the team took him aside, where they asked him to “tone down,” according to the Big Baller Father himself.
“It may sound crazy to other people, but I really just want the best for Lonzo, and the best for Lonzo is going to be what’s best for the organization. Because if everybody winning, we good.” He went on to describe how this confrontation will affect him going forward: “I’m going to say whatever I want to say, however I want to say it,” Ball said. “And they said, ‘LaVar, come and talk to us first.’ So that’s fine too. But I am going to say, to plant a seed, ‘Let’s look for this now.’ They may not want to hear that, but it’s going to be successful if you listen to what I’m saying on that fact that I know what it takes for my son to run like this.”
In the meeting, according to sources, Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson stressed positivity within the organization, and LaVar, for the most part, agreed to the overarching message.
So far, things are going just fine between LaVar and the Lakers. When a problem arises, both sides have faired pretty well in dealing with the situation. But even that begs the question: how long can this possibly go on? It’s hard not to think that something won’t give before it’s all said and done…