It’s no wonder now LaVar is trying to speak things into existence once again. That lucky phrase I gave him – speaking things into existence – he believes in it now. He believes his words shape reality, even still, even after having been fleeced by Alan (named “Tom” in my book) and taken for a lot more than anyone ever anticipated.
LaVar hasn’t been one to be wrong…at least not in his opinion. But as of late, he has been. He has been SO wrong that he invested his unwavering trust in a man who stole 1.5 million from right under his nose. So he said Alan Foster was a “snake,” but only after the fact. He definitely doesn’t think he is wrong about anything else.
The larger-than-life basketball star father had a lot to say about the Lakers, and not without reason. It’s confusing who exactly is “in control” of the front office at the moment; Rob Pelinka seems to have taken over for the most part, but just how involved Jeanie Buss remains unclear. So, LaVar said no one is running the Lakers, more specifically: “They have no clue what’s going on because when you have a lot of people in the building and everybody has a voice, there’s no certainty in it where somebody has the bottom line. Let’s say Jeanie Buss is at the top, she makes the final decision. But how’s she going to make the final decision if she’s sitting next to her best friend… So, basically, you’re going to listen to her just because she’s your friend and it might not be the right decision.”
Still, LaVar shouldn’t exactly be the one to talk. With Alan having stolen Lonzo’s hard-earned money and Big Baller Brand “under construction,” LaVar really shouldn’t be one to criticize. So far, the Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as their new head coach, a well-respected guy who has had much success in the NBA. But that won’t matter much for Lonzo now.
Just recently, LaVar had been insisting that Lonzo would be the new “face” of the Lakers instead of LeBron James, known by many as the GOAT. Still, LaVar labeled James as “on his way out” and “old,” insisting Magic Johnson was right to call Zo the face of the franchise originally when he was drafted as the no. 2 pick.
On The Herd, Colin Cowherd disagreed with LaVar, saying, “Well, no, LeBron’s the face.” LaVar responded, “Listen to what I’m telling you. Magic had said that before LeBron even got there.” He also said, “You can say LeBron’s the face, but LeBron is getting old. That face is gone. Believe it or not, he’s on his way out. So, the best thing to do is hook up with this youngster that can play this game and has the same IQ.” LaVar continued, “Lonzo is a talent and a player that LeBron has never had as a teammate which is a guy who is invested in winning and didn’t have all these other things on the outside looking in. What I mean by that (is the) fancy cars, the women, the nightlife. Lonzo is just about winning, be quiet, rapping, running and doing his thing playing basketball. You can see that Lonzo is not faking by like ‘Oh, he don’t really like basketball. He’s just in it for the money.’”
I couldn’t agree with LaVar more in one way: Lonzo has always loved the game of basketball. He’s lived for it in the past and continues to live for the game, even through the multiple injuries he’s experienced (perhaps in part because he was wearing sub-par Big Baller Brand shoes). But the face of the Lakers? It seems a little far-fetched given the recent talks of trading him in a package to bring in current Pelican forward Anthony Davis to the purple and gold team. And it was. Because LONZO HAS BEEN TRADED!
It began on June 13, when the Lakers made Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and the No. 4 pick in the June 20 draft available for trade talks with the Pelicans. The New Orleans team made it know that it hopes to create a “three-teams-or-more deal” before surrendering Davis, according to sources in the league. Right now, the Pelicans (will) have Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday, and they want to create a potent combination of players, even if that means parting with Davis. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is quite interested in Lonzo, and the fit seems good, so LaVar might be far off the mark on Zo being “the face of the Lakers.” But it wouldn’t be the first time.
It’s been said that Ball and Holiday have “complimentary skill sets,” with Holiday scoring and Ball distributing. And they are both stellar defensively. More than that, Zo would be playing alongside Williamson, and the two would make quite a pair. Zo could transition the ball quite nicely to Williamson.
Soon after LaVar discovered that Zo would be a part of what has been termed a “blockbuster trade” for Anthony Davis, he made his thoughts widely known. He said to the press, “I guarantee, like I say it again, it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship. Guarantee it.” Never win another championship? Even with Lebron James and Anthony Davis in tandem? With those two working together, they could at the very least approach championship status, by any standard.
LaVar continued in his spiel to ESPN, “They’re going to regret it. I’m going to have fun with it. Because I told you all, it was crashing down. Now [the Lakers] completely Crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before the thing exploded. I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you can survive this. You let him go, oh, it’s going to be a cold day in hell. Trust and believe that.” So LaVar is simultaneously saying that it is good that Zo is jumping ship…but that they can rewind it as well? This doesn’t make a ton of sense, but okay. It’s almost as if he’s trying to say he is happy if he goes…but he’s more happy if he stays. If you “rewind” it, he tells the Lakers, however, you’ll get your championship. This was all said at Melo’s Drew League Debut
Lonzo missed the last 36 games of the Laker’s season due to an ankle injury. Adding to the trade commentary, LaVar said, “Lonzo don’t care about no trade. He just wants to play.”
But on Sunday, Lonzo didn’t seem to be too happy about officially being traded to the Pelicans. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers had reached the agreement that will be sending Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and the number 4 pick in the upcoming NBA draft in exchange for Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, a three-time All-NBA forward.
LeBron took the time to Facetime Lonzo and inform of the trade, during which Ball reportedly “broke down in tears,” saying, “How could you betray me like this?” To this James responded, “At the end of the day, it’s a business.” OUCH. Sounds like what happened to me when I was fired by Alan (Tom, in the book)!
Now, James, Kyle Kuzma, and Davis will join forces along with anyone who signs during free agency beginning July 6. Davis was seen as too valuable to pass up; after all, he has averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game, some of the most astounding numbers in the league. After Davis said he wanted to be traded, the Pelicans sat him for the majority of the season, awarding the team with (their desired) first pick of the 2019 draft.
So much for LaVar speaking things into existence.
Meanwhile, Melo Ball has been ascending the ranks of pro-am basketball. When Melo Ball made his debut in the Drew League and was named Player of the Game. Drew League has been around for decades and is one of the more well-known and respected pro-am summer leagues that exist. It has seen NBA players in its ranks throughout the years such as James Harden and Marvin Bagley III, and Melo did not disappoint the masses with his outstanding talent. The entire Ball family was there, and Melo’s team No Shnacks won the game with former Chino Hills High teammate and now five-star recruit Onyeka Okongwu in the roster. During that game, Melo scored 25 points, along with 6 assists, with 6 out of 12 from shooting.
It’s unclear where Melo will be going next year. LaVar has mentioned both China and Australia, as Melo has been declared ineligible for college basketball. Of course, LaVar insists that Melo will be the number 1 NBA draft pick, just as he did with Lonzo.
Let’s see if he’s right this time…because his track record of speaking things into existence hasn’t been too great as of late.