LaVar Ball Rips Lakers: LA Needs Lonzo Ball Because ‘They Really Don’t Have a Leader’

Bryan Brandom
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If LaVar Ball really wants his son Lonzo Ball to play for the Los Angeles Lakers (he does), he’s going about selling the franchise on the idea in a curious way.

On the Celtics Talk podcast over the weekend, LaVar took a shot at the young Lakers roster, claiming they’re without leadership that Lonzo would provide.

“Team-wise, I think that the Lakers are a better fit,” said the never-shutting mouth of LaVar. “They really don’t have a leader. Boston already went to the playoffs. They pretty much already have a leader. It’s just being realistic.”

It would appear Lonzo learned everything he knows about watching what he says from his dad. After his workout, he slighted Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell.

“They need a leader,” Lonzo said after working out for the Lakers. “They need a point guard. I feel like I can fill that hole.”

Perhaps the Balls have been ratcheting up their expressed desire to join the Lakers in response to a report that the team wasn’t thoroughly impressed by his individual workout, from which LaVar was barred.

According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, who cited sources, Ball “didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials.”

As much as NBA fans would love to see LaVar’s head explode at the idea of his son’s being passed over, a one-on-none or even one-on-one workout environment is not ideal for showcasing the skill for which Lonzo receives the most hype: his court vision ability to get others involved with his passing.

In addition to Ball, the Lakers are considering De’Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson, and are praying Markelle Fultz somehow falls to them at the second overall pick—which at this point is nearly impossible.

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