The latest string of LaVar Ball outburtsts is exactly what Laker fans feared when they drafted Lonzo Ball back in June.
Despite Magic Johnson’s reassurances that LaVar would pose no distraction to the team, it’s hard to say that he’s got no impact at all — especially with his latest comments.
LaVar opened up to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, saying:
“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball explained from a spa resort in Birstonas. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him. — That’s a good team. Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player.”
LaVar’s history of fighting with his sons’ coaches is nothing new. He pulled his son, LaMelo, from his high school in Chino Hills prior to the start of the season because of problems with first-year coach Dennis Latimore. But on the NBA level, it won’t necessarily be so easy to win such a battle.
The Lakers have, so far, stood by their coach, with reports indicating they aren’t even considering letting go of Walton. As time moves on, and as the Lakers seemingly fall further and further in the lottery, the job security of Walton will no doubt start to loosen up.