LaVar Ball calls Luke Walton the ‘worst coach ever’ for Lonzo Ball
Up until recently, LaVar Ball had been quiet this season. It seemed like the boisterous father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had finally fallen behind the scenes, but now, LaVar has resurfaced.
First, in the midst of speculation that the Lakers could include Lonzo in a trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, LaVar came out and said that Lonzo would not play for New Orleans, and that if Los Angeles was going to trade him, it would have to be to the Phoenix Suns.
Now, LaVar is returning to his old Luke Walton criticisms, saying that he is not exactly the right coach for his son:
“The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude,” said LaVar on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, via Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype. “… Luke Walton was the worst coach ever for Lonzo. He’s been losing for three years.”
Lonzo has been sidelined with a sprained ankle and only played in 52 games during his rookie campaign due to knee issues, but, sure, let’s blame Walton for everything.
The second-year point guard has had an up-and-down season, averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 30.3 minutes per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, 32.9 percent from 3-point range and an abysmal 41.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The helter-skelter nature of Ball thus far in his brief NBA career can be seen just from those statistics alone.
While the 21-year-old has shown the ability to eventually develop into a fine point guard, his frequent lapses and complete inability to make free throws are a legitimate concern.