“You can see they’re not playing for Luke [Walton] no more,” Ball said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”
It was Lonzo Ball’s first game back since Dec. 23 because of a shoulder injury, and his father didn’t seem pleased the point guard played just 27 minutes.
“Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted,” LaVar said. “I don’t know what they’re doing. If he’s ready to play, let him play. Don’t try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions.”
Alright, this isn’t a problem with Luke Walton, this is LaVar being a sour puss about Lonzo’s minutes. These quotes go from, “The Lakers Won’t Play For Walton” to “Don’t restrict Lonzo’s minutes.” The Lakers are an extremely young team, who just played through a BRUTAL stretch in the last months. They had competitive games vs. the Warriors twice and beat the Rockets.
They have been under an emotional roller-coaster which has swayed their confidence dramatically. This isn’t a Luke Walton problem, this is just LaVar spouting off because Lonzo didn’t play 48 minutes. I also doubt Lonzo looked disgusted, I don’t think he’s changed his expression in 7 years. Don’t get me wrong, I like LaVar and the Ball brothers, just don’t get this petty stuff.