Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball had a quiet statistical start to his NBA career last night, finishing with three points (on 1-for-6 shooting), nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and two turnovers in a 108-92 home loss to the LA Clippers. A good portion of Ball’s struggles could be attributed to the job Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley, a noted defensive stalwart, did in guarding him.
The sports media went crazy saying that Lonzo wasn’t worth the hype after his first game in the league. One game. If that’s not ridiculous, I don’t know what is. What’s funny is the very next night Lonzo had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in a win against the Suns.
But let’s be real here. This isn’t about Lonzo Ball. This is about LaVar Ball. LaVar is a moron who cowardly talks trash on behalf of his son. Many players are now gunning for Lonzo because of the idiotic comments of his father. Why would a father do this to his son? Why would he write checks that Lonzo shouldn’t be expected to cash?
Yes, LaVar Ball undoubtedly created a lot of hype around his son and they got what they wanted—being picked by the Lakers—but now it’s time to shut up and let the kid play. He’s a great player and is only going to get better. Let the numbers speak for themselves, and if anyone’s going to talk trash, let it be Lonzo.