LaVar Ball goes off on Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram when addressing Lonzo Ball’s role with Pelicans
LaVar Ball is clearly unhappy with the role his son, Lonzo Ball, has been handed with by the New Orleans Pelicans. In true LaVar fashion, the always-outspoken Ball family patriarch completely went off on the Pelicans, which included a lengthy rant about their two stars in Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
LaVar did not hold back in his comments, stating how Lonzo simply “can’t stand New Orleans.” According to LaVar, the Pelicans aren’t utilizing their players the way they should, which in turn, has resulted in Lonzo being an odd fit with the team:
“That’s like, hey, Lonzo’s always been a playmaker,” Ball said in a recent phone interview with Mason & Ireland on ESPN LA 710. “Why are you trying to change him into a defensive specialist that stays the corner and shoots threes. And you trying to change Zion and Brandon Ingram, who all through their careers, have NEVER been playmakers. They’re scorers. Now you want to put the ball in their hands, ‘they’re playmakers!’ Man come on, they went to Duke and they weren’t playmakers. So how you gonna get to the league and say now yo a playmaker. Go score the ball and do what you do. And guess what, they’re gonna have a hard time trying to win every game if the playmaker aint making the right plays.”
When asked if he thinks Lonzo should be traded, LaVar busted out his unfiltered thoughts about the matter. LaVar said that he “hope[s] he gets traded.” He continued to sound off on how the Pelicans are constantly glossing over his son, and how he simply isn’t able to shine with the role he is being asked to play.
To be fair, though, the man does make a bit of a point here — somewhat. The Pelicans aren’t playing their best basketball right now and it could ultimately come down to player management.
The question now is, will the Pelicans make the necessary adjustments based on LaVar’s scathing comments here? The answer is, no. Because why would they listen to LaVar Ball?