LaVar Ball continues to make enemies within the L.A. Lakers organization, even as he coaches his other sons’ Lithuanian team across the pond. LaVar, who coaches his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo in Lithuania, reportedly told Lithuanian media that he will pull his son Lonzo Ball away from the Lakers (and presumably sign him to the Lithuanian team), if the Lakers don’t acquire LiAngelo and LaMelo.
Lonzo, who is currently away from the Lakers recovering from a knee injury, finds himself trapped between his outspoken father and the Lakers front office.
“No reaction,” Lonzo, 20, told ESPN.com‘s Ramona Shelburne of LaVar’s threat. “I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”
LaVar famously pulled his son LiAngelo out of UCLA after the troubled teenager was suspended for stealing a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses in China last year.
He also withdrew his youngest son, LaMelo, 16, out of Chino Hills High School after a disagreement with the coach.
LaVar is said to be upset at Lakers boss Magic Johnson for making him pay top dollar to film Lakers games for his family’s Facebook series, “Ball In The Family”.
The Lakers forced LaVar to cough up $150,000 for the rights to film the Lakers games, while other corporations aren’t charged a fee at all.
Magic Johnson, who is president of basketball operations for the Lakers, has remained quiet publicly, but privately he is “angry and disappointed” over LaVar’s comments.
“He’s marketing their business, so hats off to him. Keep doing it,” Johnson told Shelburne. “Just make sure that you allow your son to grow and us to go through our lumps and bruises like we’re going through, and things are gonna work out. Things are gonna work out for the Lakers and for Lonzo.”
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