LaVar says Lakers gave Lonzo 'losing attitude'

Ross Houston
February 7, 2019

LaVar Ball tells ESPN that if Lonzo Ball is traded, he wants his son to go to Phoenix: "We want to be in LA". A day later he explained why and torched the young core of the Lakers roster while he was at it. They get nothing. [Brandon] Ingram play by himself? That's why the Lakers look so raggedy right now. Secondly, the fact he's speaking again must mean he's really anxious Lonzo is about to get shipped out of town, and he's doing his best to sabotage it. How can you make somebody better if you got four people dribbling the ball up the court? Put him in a corner.

LaVar then made a weird threat to the Lakers.

"Afraid of LeBron?! I'm not afraid of Jesus", LaVar said. Just on Tuesday, Ball said that Walton was the worst coach Lonzo Ball has ever had, and that Walton, "turned (Ball) into a loser". There was a league-wide backlash for that and it could be coming again.

He said: "If I'm Magic Johnson I'm on the phone and I'm trying to get Lonzo Ball on another team".

"But the bigger issue, Lonzo ain't worth the trouble that LaVar can cause". "He's been successful in AAU, high school and college". This half-(expletive) (expletive), it don't work. Being undefeated, Gelo and Melo winning 60 games in a row, my boys don't lose too much.

"The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude".

The Elder Ball doubled down on that during an interview with a Phoenix sports radio station, even going at the Lakers.

And now we've reached the crux of LaVar's diatribe.

The Pelicans are in no rush to deal Davis since they will be able to consider more intriguing offers from Boston and possibly the New York Knicks-depending on what happens in the draft lottery-this summer. For some reason he thinks Phoenix is the place that will make it happen.

Putting LaVar Ball aside, it does seem that the Suns could be a third team in the deal, as The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported. For now, they're sitting on offers, including the most recent one - in which the Lakers reportedly offered six players and two first-round draft picks to acquire AD and Solomon Hill (cap-clearing).

TMZ ended up catching up with Walton's former teammate Derek Fisher who disagreed with what LaVar had to say.

At this point, Lonzo Ball getting a fresh start elsewhere might be best for all parties. "And I am going to speak it into existence".

"It's time for something new".

Something new from the same old LaVar.

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