LaVar Ball won’t stand down, even when his son Lonzo didn’t live up to all that hype in his first NBA game.
Did you expect anything different from the elder Ball?
Let’s start with Lonzo, who shot 1-of-6, grabbed nine rebounds and totaled four assists in 29 minutes as the Lakers fell to the Clippers.
That’s thanks in part to being hounded all night by Patrick Beverley, known for being one of the NBA’s better defenders during his years with the Rockets. And the new Clipper promised in September that he’d be all over Ball:
After the win, ESPN reported Beverley was heard saying this as he headed to the locker room:
“Weak ass [expletive]. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up.”
Was that directed at Ball? LaVar thought so. He had this to say to ESPN:
“Yeah, you shut the [expletive] down, and your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK … Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it.
“So you got to be [all hard],” Ball added as he slapped his fists together. “Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”
Sorry, LaVar. That’s not going to work. We’ve been talking about Beverley for years, as an elite defender and a guard that could compliment the rest of the Rockets’ roster by hitting threes and dishing dimes. And considering Beverley just did stuff like this to Lonzo, Ball pretty much has nothing:
This is the reality of what we’re getting from LaVar – trash talk regardless of the situation, whether Lonzo struggles or not, an answer for everything. It’s all part of the show that we’re all still watching as we act like Stephen A. Smith did while interviewing Ball:
Read more on Beverley vs. Lonzo Ball at USA TODAY Sports.
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