Why Lonzo Ball Abandoned Teammates In Fight: “I Ain’t Trying To Get No Tech”

Bryan Brandom
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While he didn’t have quite as miserable a shooting night as Los Angeles Lakers fans and teammates have grown accustomed to, the team’s starting point guard didn’t exactly ingratiate himself to the franchise’s supporters during a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday: Lonzo Ball abandoned teammates during a scuffle with their opponents.

Late in the fourth quarter, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns point guard Tyler Ulis exchanged hard shoves to one another’s chests. Rookie Josh Jackson then got involved, before almost everyone on the floor intervened.

Everyone except for Lonzo, who caught one look at what was brewing and sauntered off without a thought.

Why didn’t he come to his teammates’ aid? 

“It’s the NBA,” Ball said. “People ain’t really gonna fight, so I ain’t trying to get no tech.”

Exactly. It’s the NBA, no one is trying to get a tech, which is why it’s absolutely safe to jump in their, get in the combatants’ way, and play the role of peacekeeper for a fight that’s likely not going to escalate.

Don’t forget what Lakers president Magic Johnson said after trading D’Angelo Russell to make room for Lonzo: “What I needed was a leader.

What he got instead is someone not willing to risk the tiniest chance of getting whistled for a tech to stand up for his teammates.