LaVar Ball says he could coach Lakers to a title ‘with my eyes closed’
LaVar Ball strangely has remained out of the spotlight so far this season. Now eight games in and the Los Angeles Lakers sporting a disappointing 3-5 record, the outspoken Ball not surprisingly could not stay silent any longer.
Much as he did last season, the father of Lonzo Ball called out Luke Walton in an interview with Sky Sports while exhibiting extreme confidence he could do a better job than the embattled Lakers head coach.
“If you have Lonzo and you have the best player in the world which is LeBron James, how do you not win a Championship?
“My prediction for this season is the Championship,” Ball said. “If they need help to shoot I’ll coach them. I can coach them with my eyes closed. There’s only one way to beat the Golden State Warriors is to go faster than them. If you have length and speed you can beat them.”
Ball’s comments on Walton — not to mention his untapped coaching prowess — interestingly came on the same day a report surfaced indicating Lakers president Magic Johnson admonished Walton this week over the Lakers’ then sluggish start.
It was only a matter of time before Ball emerged from the shadows and again became a thorn in the Lakers organization’s side, although the presence of James seemed to be a counterbalance to Ball’s patented antics. That said, it’s arguably surprising Ball kept silent for eight games. After all, he became such an annoyance last season that Johnson even bashed him on a late-night talk show.