LaVar Ball burst onto the scene thanks to his brash attitude and unfiltered soundbites. However, since his youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo shipped overseas to play professional basketball in Lithuania, he seemed to tone down and we haven’t heard much from him since.
That is all changing.
Now, LaVar is back in the headlines and this time it is for taking a direct shot at his oldest son, former No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball’s head coach.
LaVar has taken aim at Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton and described him as the “worst coach ever” for Lonzo. Ball trashed the Lakers head coach for his coaching record and a “losing attitude.”
“If you look at my boys, the one thing they do do is win,” LaVar said during an appearance on Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM in Phoenix on Tuesday. “Being undefeated, [LiAngelo] and [LaMelo] winning 60 games in a row, my boys don’t lose too much. When they got to the Lakers, Luke Walton was the worst coach ever for Lonzo ’cause he had a losing mentality. He’s been losing for three years.”
You can listen to the interview below.
LaVar previously made headlines by saying that Lakers players didn’t want to play for Walton.
“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said from a spa resort in Birstonas, where he is staying while his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, get ready to make their professional debuts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”
“That’s a good team,” he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games. “Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player.”
This surely won’t help Lonzo’s chances of staying with the franchise.
The Lakers currently sit at 27-26 on the year and are the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference. Lonzo, meanwhile, has been a part of trade discussions with talks that he could be involved in a trade package that would send him to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis, while he has also been linked to the Utah Jazz.