Lakers news: LaVar Ball says Luke Walton would be ‘too young’ to coach LeBron James, Paul George
Even from Lithuania, LaVar Ball keeps making headlines with his comments. In an exclusive interview with ESPN in Lithuania, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball made some comments about head coach Luke Walton. Ball addressed how Luke Walton would not be able to handle a superstar like LeBron James, if he comes to the Lakers:
“Even if you bring in a LeBron or a [Paul] George, he can’t coach them guys,” he said. “What is he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”
Walton is indeed very young. At 37 years old, he is the youngest head coach in the NBA. The Lakers have continued to trust and show him support amid all the losing, understanding it is a process. Speaking about LeBron, LaVar also stated with confidence that he knows what James will do come free agency this July:
“LeBron’s coming to L.A. I know he’s coming to L.A. LeBron is not a fool. What’s the only way he can beat Jordan? You can’t get more championships. Only one way, to say every team I’ve gone to I’ve won a championship. Go to Lakers and win a championship, then you’re better than Jordan.”
LaVar already has a plan for when James signs with L.A:
“You can’t give my son [Lonzo] the best player in the league, and don’t expect them not to win. Get rid of everybody. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. You got a 2 and a 3. And it’s a win. It’s a wrap. Then all you need are two rebounders — [Julius] Randle and [Larry] Nance Jr.”
Ball did imply Walton would not be the right man to lead the Lakers on the way to their next Larry O’Brien trophy. Walton is yet to publicly address Ball’s comments. He is not the type of man to go to the media and talk about these issues, but Walton will sure be asked many questions about what LaVar said.