Anthony Davis was the star of a trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans that finally happened on Saturday, but everyone knew the sideshow would likely be LaVar Ball.
The father of the now-former Laker, Lonzo, was never going to take a trade away from the Lakers very well. LaVar had very publicly hoped that Lonzo would end up with his hometown Lakers, often claiming that he willed it into existence and would do the same with his other basketball-playing sons.
That never came to pass, however, and as Lonzo struggled through two playoff-less seasons in Los Angeles and LeBron James arrived in town, LaVar’s public presence seemed to dim a bit. But Saturday’s trade meant Lonzo would no longer be part of the franchise, and the elder Big Baller had plenty to say about how the Lakers would be doomed without his son.
LaVar said, in part, that the Lakers would “never” win without Lonzo, and he meant it.
“It will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship,” Ball said. “Guarantee it.”
“They’re going to regret it,” Ball said when asked if the Lakers would rue the day Ball were traded. “I’m gonna have fun with it. I told y’all it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed. But at least my son got off the boat before it exploded.”
Ball also had a pretty bizarre message for Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
Ball reiterated that he doesn’t care where his son plays, he just wants him healthy. But he did say that none of these Lakers struggles would have happened if the team just drafted all of his sons. Perhaps he truly does know better than all of us. We’ll never know now.