Did LaVar Ball Leak Lonzo’s Injury So The Lakers Wouldn’t Trade Him?

Bryan Brandom
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LaVar Ball desperately wants all his sons to be Lakers.

But would he leak information on Lonzo Ball’s injury to diminish his eldest son’s trade value and keep him in purple and gold?

Jalen Rose and several of his fellow hoops pundits have theorized exactly that.

The horse’s mouth, also known as LaVar, said otherwise.

“You never heard me talk, you never heard me say, ‘Oh Lonzo’s hurt! Oh, his back his hurt.’ You never heard me talk like that,” LaVar recently told TMZ.

“I always say what’s on my mind, so you don’t never see me saying, ‘I think I should say this now and let it leak.’ I don’t do that.”

Not that I’d put lying past LaVar, but he’s kinda got a point.

LaVar is good at a very small handful of things, such as spawning talented to mildly talented basketball players, and making people hate him enough to get him onto TV.

One thing he’s not known for is subtlety. Or releasing information without a camera in his face. Or being tactful in almost any way.

Still, the story almost had to have come from Lonzo or someone associated with him.

So either LaVar is slightly smarter than he’s letting on, or someone who actually knows what he or she is doing made this call.

Or, I guess, the well-connected Shams Charania just so happened to drop an essentially meaningless story at a time that helped Lonzo’s chances of not getting shipped out for Kawhi Leonard.