Like just about everyone save for the man himself, the Los Angeles Lakers want LaVar Ball to quiet down. After one too many interviews in which he was critical of the team and some of son Lonzo Ball‘s teammates, the franchise is enforcing what Staples Center employees are calling the “LaVar Ball rule.”
According to ESPN:
Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the conclusion of games. Interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden.
In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Laker staffers direct that he or she leave the area.
The Lakers pointed out that the rule isn’t new, but no one’s ever felt the need to enforce it, probably because nobody has been distracting enough to warrant that enforcement—until LaVar came into the picture.
“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a spokesperson said. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
During such an interview last week, LaVar pinned an overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Lonzo’s teammate, big man Julius Randle.
“When Julius got that ball at the end, he should have threw it forward,” LaVar said. “Lonzo had a wide open layup! Or three-pointer. That’s game! It wouldn’t have went to overtime, that was game. … Julius tried to take too many dribbles, then they fouled him, or they called timeout. But if he would have thrown the ball ahead, coach wouldn’t have called a timeout. Even if he did, he can’t call it because the ball’s in the air. Lonzo’s running the lane, game over.”
A replay of the play in question revealed that, unsurprisingly, LaVar had no clue what he was talking about.
Days before that, LaVar called out head coach Luke Walton. Something tells me the LaVar Ball rule isn’t going to stop him from getting his many baseless opinions out there.