In a surprising result, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to take the defending champion Golden State Warriors to overtime on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. Even though they eventually fell to Curry and company, the young Lakers had their chances to take the game and earned the respect of the Warriors after an impressive performance.
There were multiple points in the fourth quarter and overtime where the Lakers could have won the game, but just didn't execute, but according to Lonzo Ball's father, LaVar, one moment stood out in particular, and it involves Lonzo not getting the ball in crunch time (surprise surprise).
"When Julius got that ball at the end, he should've threw it forward. Lonzo had a wide-open layup or a three-pointer, that's game!" LaVar told ESPN's Chris Haynes.
Instead of doing what LaVar wanted him to do, after Randle stole the ball off Durant with the score tied at 109 a piece, Julius decided to play it safe and dribble the ball up the court himself instead of throwing it ahead to Lonzo. Lakers coach Luke Walton then called a timeout with 5.3 seconds left, drawing up a play for Brandon Ingram -- who finished the game with a career-high 32 points. Obviously, that plan wasn't successful, and the Lakers headed to OT with the Warriors, where Steph Curry caught fire, scoring 13 points in the five minute overtime period, winning the game 127-123.
"Do the Big Baller move; don't call no timeouts."
Being a father, LaVar is understably annoyed his son wasn't given the opportunity to win the game for Los Angeles, but he's got to learn to not call out Lonzo's teammates, especially blaming them as the reason for a loss.