Is LaVar Ball going to be a distraction for the Los Angeles Lakers? | The Tylt
Is LaVar Ball going to be a distraction for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers will be a circus once LaVar Ball decides it's someone else's fault that his son didn't make it to the playoffs. Just look how LaVar Ball handled the UCLA situation; this could be a nightmare scenario for Los Angeles.
Being a rookie in the NBA is hard enough, but Lonzo Ball is going to have an even harder time after some of the statements his father made. Competitive players get motivation from the smallest slights. And NBA players are expected to earn accolades, not demand them.
When NBA athletes hear a rookie getting overhyped, they will give him a real test on the court. LaVar Ball has painted a target on Lonzo and the rest of the Lakers' backs with some of the claims he has made. This season will not be fun for either party.
Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton doesn't think outspoken parents will be a problem at the NBA level. He had plenty of experience dealing with it in his own household with Bill Walton saying Bill Walton things.
General Manager Rob Pelinka saw the real side of LaVar Ball when he and Magic Johnson visited Ball at his home. After watching Ball interact with children positively, Pelinka sees no problem dealing with the Big Baller Brand founder.