After a full year of LaVar Ball’s comments about his son Lonzo Ball, opposing players are coming after his son to begin the 2017-18 NBA season. Through three games, Ball is averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in 34.3 minutes.
While Ball has faced solid point guards in Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, and Jrue Holiday, his greatest test to begin his young career will be John Wall. Before their first matchup, Marcin Gortat tweeted his teammate will ‘torture’ the rookie for 48 minutes. In response, the four-time All-Star had the following to say according to Bleacher Report:
It’s on. pic.twitter.com/4LbMRTLv3S
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 25, 2017
While Wall’s comments will certainly make headlines, this is how he approaches the game for the Washington Wizards. Despite averaging a double-double last season, he is still underrated as most tend to talk about Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Kyrie Irving before him.
For Ball, it appears he understands the situation and is focused on winning games, not his individual performances. As the rookie is fairly quiet as his father continues to talk, every player will be coming after him. However, if Ball plays at a high level, he will quickly earn the respect of opposing players.
The Lakers host the Wizards on Oct. 25 at 7:30 PM PST on ESPN.