With 10 minutes remaining in their contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, it looked like the Washington Wizards would make LaVar Ball eat his words.
The father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had proclaimed earlier in the week that his offspring couldn’t possibly lose twice in a seven-day span, therefore the Wizards would fall in their trip to Staples Center.
The Lakers trailed by 10 when they took a timeout with 9:42 remaining in the contest.
Still, LaVar would not budge from his stance—he doubled down on his prediction, claiming the Lakers would pull out a miraculous comeback victory.
“We’ve still got time, man. See me after the game, they’re gonna get this W,” LaVar told NBC Sports Washington.
He was right.
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— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) October 26, 2017
Coming into the game, Washington center Marcin Gortat proclaimed that John Wall would “torture” the rookie.
Wall started out hot, doing stuff like this:
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 26, 2017
But then, much like in his squad’s Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in last year’s conference semifinals, Wall shot miserably down the stretch, making just one of his last 11 field goal attempts to finish with 18 points on 7-of-22 shooting.
Somehow, Lonzo shot even worse in the comeback, at 2-of-11 for six points. But he dished 10 assists to just one turnover, and his team outscored the Wizards by 13 when he was on the court in the 102-99 overtime win; Washington was outscored by 14 with Wall on the floor. The rookie is averaging nearly a triple-double early in the season—11.5 points, nine assists, nine rebounds—but has horrific shooting numbers: 31.6 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from three.
“It’s a team game. That’s how you’re going to beat someone. If you go one-on-one, you’re never going to win,” LaVar said of NBA point guards targeting his son this season. “If you keep taking it personal, trying to go one-on-one with my son, you’re going to lose every time.
“You’re not going to just walk in here and think you’re going to get a win. It’s all fun and games, but they ain’t Disneyland. It’s Lakerland, next to Big Baller Brand.”