LaVar Ball claims Pelicans would beat Lakers in a playoff series
LaVar Ball is at it again. During an appearance on FS1’s Undisputed on Tuesday morning, Ball said that he thinks his son, Lonzo, and the New Orleans Pelicans would beat Lonzo’s former Los Angeles Lakers team in a playoff series:
“You got my son in a different mode, which is: never seen him in playoff mode and you ain’t never seen him in revenge mode,” said LaVar, via ESPN.
Of course, the Lakers traded Lonzo to the Pelicans as part of a package that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles back in June.
In 52 games with New Orleans this season, Lonzo is averaging 11.7 points, seven assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals over 32.2 minutes per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from three-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at UCLA, was originally selected by the Lakers with the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Injuries limited Ball to 52 games during his rookie campaign, and during his time on the floor, he registered 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 boards and 1.7 steals across 34.2 minutes a night while making 36 percent of his field-goal attempts, 30.5 percent of his long-distance tries and 45.1 percent of his foul shots.
The following year, Ball was once again inhibited due to injuries, appearing in just 47 contests and recording 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals through 30.3 minutes per game while connecting on 40.6 percent of his shots, 32.9 percent of his triples and 41.7 percent of his foul shots.
Lonzo still clearly has a long way to go, but his father remains steadfast that he can be dominant very soon.
We shall see…if the Pelicans even make the playoffs, that is.