Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, everyone’s favorite NBA dad LaVar Ball guaranteed that the Lakers would win their next game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
"[The Wizards] better beware cause Lonzo ain't losing again," LaVar said. "Not in the same week!”
In constant defense of his son Lonzo, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, LaVar continued to put a target on his son’s back with his recent comments.
Lonzo’s play thus far has been somewhat inconsistent.
Facing harsh shut-down defense from Patrick Beverley in the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ball scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting and added nine rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes. He followed that up with a dominant showing against the lowly Phoenix Suns, dropping 29 points on 12-of-27 shooting with 11 rebounds and nine dimes in a near triple-double. But, his shooting stroke failed him once again against the Pelicans in his third game, as he scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and 13 assists in 36 minutes.
So, while his averages of 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists imply that he’s been wildly impressive to begin the year, they are skewed based on a very small sample size.
After seeing LaVar’s comment about the Wizards, Washington center Marcin Gortat reacted accordingly:
While Wall might not be as tenacious as the defensive specialist Beverley, he is recognized as one of the best two-way point guards in the league. At 6’4”, Wall also has what it takes to match up against Ball height-wise when they square off.
When asked about Lonzo, Wall didn’t echo Gortat’s sentiment, but instead showed a bit of compassion for the youngster.
"I think his dad put him in a situation where guys are going to target him," Wall said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast, referencing LaVar. "Lonzo is one of those kids that is very talented. He's been a good player for years, he just don't say much. I think his dad does all the talking for him.”
"He's a great kid from what I've seen on the outside looking in," Wall said. "A lot of people in this league are going to take it personally. It's not the son's fault. He went back and had a better game [vs. the Suns]. That's all he's gotta do is go out there and play. He's not gonna do any talking anyways. If he gets killed or don't get killed or kills somebody, he's not going to be the guy talking.”
Therefore, it doesn’t seem like Wall will make it a point to embarrass Ball like Beverley did, but he will undoubtedly make life tough for him when the two go head-to-head on Wednesday.
If Gortat’s prediction ends up coming true, LaVar will absolutely have something to say about it.
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