Report: Lakers ‘have begun to worry’ about LaVar Ball’s impact on Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball has been dealing with his father’s antics for years. Yet there reportedly are some within the Los Angeles Lakers organization fretting over how LaVar Ball’s constant, controversial nature could hamper the rookie’s career.
LaVar Ball of course has made several outlandish comments since the Lakers used the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on the former UCLA standout.
But things came to a head due to a controversial report from ESPN in which the elder Ball claimed Lakers head coach Luke Walton has lost his players.
NBA coaches have roundly ripped ESPN over the article. Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy recently revealed a plan to boycott ESPN’s broadcasting crew during an upcoming game.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association also criticized ESPN’s report. The NBCA, led by Carlisle, issued a statement on Monday concerning the Ball-Walton report.
Even one of ESPN’s own, NBA broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, ripped ESPN for its handling of LaVar Ball.
All that aside, it’s perhaps easy to forget that there is 20-year-old rookie who is at the center of the media firestorm through no fault of his own aside from being the son of a man who craves attention. And that’s beginning to concern the Lakers, according to a report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“A source close to the player said he’s more concerned with establishing himself in the league and helping the team get out of its recent funk than wading into a controversy between his dad and the coach,” Sherburne writes. “Privately, there are those in the Lakers organization who have begun to worry about the toll that this tightrope act will take on the 20-year-old point guard if it continues.”
As noted, Lonzo Ball has been dealing with his father’s antics for a long time. Further, the rookie seems to have a good head on his shoulders. That said, it’s not surprising that the Lakers are worried about Ball’s outspoken father causing his son headaches away from the court.