Lavar Has Gone Too Far
I know of many in the media that have grown quite weary of the daily riot acts of Lavar Ball. I was not one of them. I supported Lavar Ball. Loud. Brash. Determined. Ready to battle the system at every given opportunity. I looked at Lavar like a marketing genius but at some point he needs to shut the hell up. I think we may have reached that point.
Now it seems that LaVar has a master plan of getting all three of his sons on the same NBA team, and it could really determine how much longer Lonzo will be in a Laker uniform.
The always controversial leader of the Big Baller Brand revealed his plan Monday with Lithuanian reporter Donatas Urbonas :
“I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. But if that does not happen, I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back Gelo here (Prienai in Lithuania) to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want to let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to re-sign with the Lakers but will go to any team that will take all of my three boys. That’s my plan.
Lonzo plays best when he is with his brother. Why wouldn’t (he)? He is a hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother? Why wouldn’t you be smart and say: so, you want your brother? Come on, let’s complete the Royal Flush and get the other brother.
We don’t have to go to any draft. Just sign him in free agency. You don’t have to give Gelo 15 million. Give my million for three years, we’ll take it. Cause they make so much money off the court, they (have) loose spare change.
So now you win championship after championship on fact that my boys will never leave. That’s what I mean, championship, championship, championship. You got to keep the team together for a long time, but you can’t because more money is offered, that’s why guys (are) jumping between the teams.”
So now Lavar is going to hold the NBA hostage until he gets what he wants or so he seems to think. Poor Lonzo Ball who already has the weight of living up to the hype on his shoulders as a rookie now has to walk into a locker room and face his teammates on the heels of this ridiculous statement. Lavar needs to stop and folks in the media need to stop catering to the rhetoric.
Even me writing this column may be somewhat problematic. Lavar speaks and everybody reacts. The NBA is already a drama filled league. Basketball players in that locker room are very sensitive. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka need to figure this out sooner than later. How long will this circus be allowed to continue ?
My guess is not for very much longer. While Lonzo Ball has struggled, then slowly improved will he be worth the daily headache of his dad’s outbursts ? Especially if the Lakers want to attract the max free agents they seek. Time will reveal.