LaVar Ball had some choice words for the Lakers.
Lonzo Ball’s father joined the “Doug & Wolf” show in Arizona on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) to discuss the rumored trade talks between the Lakers and Pelicans involving Anthony Davis. The two teams have discussed several deals, some of which include sending Lonzo to New Orleans.
Ball, who has been adamant he wants his three sons to play in the NBA together, ripped the Lakers and coach Luke Walton over the rumored news.
“I gave the Lakers the first right of refusal. I said, ‘Get all three of my boys and you got championships.’ They think I’m just talking,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s a better fit in Phoenix because they got some young athletes, they’ve been losing, they need a winning attitude. The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude.”
LaVar Ball previously said he would like Lonzo to play in Phoenix due to its need for a strong point guard. He said he would like his two younger sons — LiAngelo and LaMelo — to join him on the court.
“Even if my son goes to New Orleans, you can’t make him play,” LaVar Ball said. “Phoenix, they might have a chance to get all three of my boys and win these championships and understand what winning is about. But I need all three of my boys on the court ’cause that’s 60 percent of the team that’s in to winning and not worried about how much money they’re going to make.
“It’s time for something new. The Ball boys.”
But now it seems Lonzo Ball might be staying put — the Lakers have pulled out of the Davis trade talks because of the Pelicans’ “outrageous” trade requests, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Lonzo Ball, who is in his second season with the Lakers, is averaging 9.9 points with 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists this year.