Lonzo Ball is still a point guard. But he’s still mostly a shooter. The second-year guard from UCLA, who was selected by the Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has long been believed to have a promising future in a league increasingly plagued by three-point field goal percentage. Ball still whines about his wing game and ball movement — specifically his lack of freedom on the break — to anyone who’ll listen. But for a game that’s testing the limits of a “90-percent player,” one player’s rhetoric is becoming more and more like the real NBA.
With his team trailing the Thunder by 26 points midway through the third quarter, Ball, the showman that he is, took to the court in a sheepskin hat and a ponytail. So, too, did his parents, LaVar and Tina, along with his brother, LiAngelo, both of whom were arrested in China for shoplifting and later released after a six-day trip. The NBA world has been talking about the rookie’s unbridled enthusiasm since the summer, but after Sunday night’s loss to the Thunder, LaVar would at least admit that his eldest son was so pumped, that he “lost the ball and the game.” Ball had a miserable night, finishing with six points on 1-of-7 shooting, six rebounds and 10 assists. But even that stats line was enough to elicit a defense-beating crossover dribble from his mom.
Lonzo Ball’s mom: “If you don’t have head movement your a ballhog… You lose the ball, you lose the game. Lonzo lost the ball, he lost the game.” pic.twitter.com/K7NvjTfC25 — ESPN (@espn) September 24, 2018
When a reporter on Twitter asked how the rather back-handed Twitter barb might have gone over with the family, LaVar didn’t hesitate:
I’ve never apologized for anything in my life. My family has never apologized for anything in their lives. — LaVar Ball (@Lavarbigballer) September 24, 2018
LaVar Ball will have a lot to feel good about in a couple of years — his next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, are in for quite a disappointment. By the time they face them in February, they’ll most likely be back in the standings — well behind their previous two new arrivals. But if we’re being honest, at least they’re not the Golden State Warriors.
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