He waited long enough, but everybody knows it coming. And on Friday, LaVar Ball finally weighed in on how the Lakers coaching staff, particularly Luke Walton, is treating his son, the No. 2 overall pick, Lonzo Ball.
The 20-year-old is just shooting at 30.8% field goal percentage on the floor, along with a miserable 23% from the rainbow country. He is averaging 8.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists.
Over the past couple of games, however, he is averaging 14.6 rebounds, which is unheard of for a contemporary point guard outside of Russell Westbrook.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar told Bleacher Report. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”
While Walton is preaching about learning from the process considering that the Lakers have the third youngest roster in the NBA, trailing only Chicago and Phoenix, which feature an average age of 24 years old. The Lakers, however, are not far behind as their roster has an average age of 24.25 years old.
However, LaVar doesn’t believe in “babying” his son just because of his age, or because he’s still a rookie. In fact, the Lakers should not preach patience with Lonzo because his son is so used to winning in high school and in college.
“They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” LaVar explained. “Forget about that! Put the [onus] on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”
LaVar has never been shy about expressing his opinion. Just a few days ago, he crossed swords with President Trump, whom he refused to thank despite the POTUS’ initiative to take it up with Chinese President Xi Jinping the case of the three UCLA players—including LiAngelo Ball–under hotel arrest for shoplifting in Hangzhou.