The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their season on Thursday night, and highly-touted rookie Lonzo Ball struggled mightily — scoring just three points and pulling down nine rebounds.
That didn’t stop LaVar Ball — the father of the Lakers rookie who has turned himself into a household name with his relentless, over-the-top promotion of his son — from trying to spin Lavar’s performance during a wild postgame chat with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN.
“Excuse me!” Smith told Ball. “You have some explaining to do!”
Ball insisted his son played well.
“Lonzo did good!” LaVar said.
“HOW?!” Smith said. “WHAT GAME WERE YOU WATCHING?!”
“Rebounds! Physical!” Ball said, seeming just to shout out random words. “On a bad foot!”
The conversation was, of course, ridiculous. And it seems that LaVar Ball’s antics have made Lonzo a target in the NBA. Patrick Beverley of the L.A. Clippers said after the game that he told Lonzo to expect a tough time in the league because of his father’s behavior.
“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said (via ESPN). “I told him after the game due to all the riff raff that his dad brings that he is going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game.
Watch above, via ESPN.
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