The 2017-2018 NBA season has been an interesting one so far given how some teams have either outperformed or under performed their preseason expectations. For the Los Angeles Lakers, however, they have predictably struggled through the first quarter of the season.
At 8-15, the Lakers are currently 11th in the Western Conference despite showing encouraging signs earlier in the year. Prized rookie Lonzo Ball has struggled mightily scoring, especially on outside shots.
Although the season is still relatively young, LaVar Ball has wasted no time making NBA headlines with his brash and often critical comments. In an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, the elder Ball questioned why the team is failing to play his son in the fourth quarter:
"He's disgusted, he's not used to losing like this. The #Lakers should build around Lonzo. Why are they sitting him down and not starting him the 4th quarter? This is why the record is raggedy." –@bigballerbrand CEO @Lavarbigballer on @ZO2_ pic.twitter.com/Krs6SALnhc
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) December 5, 2017
Lonzo has sat a couple of games down the stretch due to Luke Walton’s decision to play whoever is doing well on the floor. The UCLA product is a liability when he is put into situations where he needs to shoot the ball, often looking to pass late in the shot clock that results in a poor possession.
Ball, like most rookies, will have his fair share of lumps but having his father publicly criticize the Lakers’ coaching staff does not make the situation any easier to navigate. To make matters worse, the purple and gold have their roughest stretch of the year coming up so it will be interesting to see how they fare when adversity truly hits.