L aVar Ball, the “poor man’s version of Don King,” is back at it again.
His son Lonzo has been playing for the Los Angeles Lakers for about five weeks now, and LaVar is already unhappy with the way he’s being coached. And naturally, with LaVar being LaVar, he pumped himself up as the man for the job.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” LaVar said of the Lakers’ coaching staff in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”
“Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That’s why I’m down here saying, ‘Rebound,’” LaVar said. “He’s been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game—they’re trying to baby him a little bit.”
Reporters asked Lakers head coach Luke Walton what he thinks about LaVar’s criticism.
“Absolutely nothing,” said Walton. “It’s not what we’re here to do or talk about.”
The eldest son of the Ball family saw much hate and ridicule leading up to the 2017 NBA draft. The Ball brothers were shoved into the spotlight as Lonzo prepped for the big leagues, LiAngelo entered UCLA, and LaMelo balled at Chino Hills High School.
LaVar’s criticism of the coaching staff shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as he pulled a similar stunt when he announced that LaMelo would be homeschooled for the remainder of his high school tenure. And who did LaVar blame as the catalyst for pulling him out of school? Head coach Dennis Latimore, of course.
“I’m not dealing with the coach over there,” LaVar told ESPN in October. “I’m not dealing with the administration over there. I don’t want no distractions on Melo. So therefore I’m going to homeschool him and make him the best basketball player ever.”
Though LaVar isn’t too happy with how Lonzo has been coached, the eldest son has been showing improvement. While he is still averaging 8.9 points on 31 percent from the field, he is now the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double.
It’s been a pretty busy week for LaVar. Not only is he in a war of words with the Lakers coaching staff, he’s also arguing with President Donald Trump, too. But we know he welcomes any and all haters.