The latest Lakers rumors have to do with LaVar Ball and the reality that could set in if his son stands up to the test.
Patrick Beverley made sure to welcome Lonzo Ball to the NBA with a plethora of shutdown defense. However, in just his second career regular season game, Ball bounced back in Phoenix to come just one assist shy of being the youngest player to ever record a triple double.
He led both teams in scoring with 29 points, adding 11 rebounds and nine assists to go with it as well. The concern with Ball, especially before he was drafted by the Lakers, was the fact that his dad talked so much about him, hyping him up even when there were some things that Lonzo could improve on.
Always being the loudest voice in the room, it seems as though Ball has turned the conversations his father has with the media into motivation more than a distraction. It’s a good sign for the Lakers organization, as they obviously need their new star point guard to be at the top of his game.
However, the elder Ball has been bold enough to predict that his son is better than Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, among other things. LaVar Ball has also said that he sees the Lakers being led to the playoffs thanks to his son, as he cites Lonzo’s strong suit of passing as the major reason.
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While their Oct. 20 win over the Suns in Phoenix should be taken for a grain of salt, the fact that Ball was able to show he can get everyone involved — especially Brandon Ingram — means a lot for this team moving forward.
Should the Lakers make the postseason playing this way, Ball will have been proven right about Lonzo’s effect on the purple and gold. It won’t be easy to accept the fact that LaVar Ball got it right, but at the same time, do the Lakers really want to be on the outside looking in with regard to the playoffs just to shut LaVar Ball up?
No. Not the real fans, anyway.
There are two other Ball kids on the way, with LiAngelo playing for UCLA in the upcoming season and LaMelo recently pulled out of high school to be home-schooled by his father. If the hype he claims to have spoken into existence turns out to be real, and the solution for the Lakers ends up being his first kid, it’s hard to see anything stopping the Ball family from leaving the limelight.
The good news for Los Angeles is that LaVar wants all three of his children to play for the Lakers. So if the Lonzo experiment succeeds, perhaps LiAngelo and LaMelo will find their way on the same team as their brother.
At this point, any distaste for LaVar Ball needs to be put aside, as his kid is now letting his play speak for itself. If fans have the best interest of the team in mind, they’ll root for LaVar Ball’s best wishes as well.