Lakers Execs Want Lonzo Ball to Stand Up to His Father

LaVar's attack on head coach Luke Walton did his son's reputation no favors.

LaVar Ball created problems for his son Lonzo all season, and LaVar’s latest comments claiming that Lakers coach Luke Walton has lost the team are his most controversial words yet. A new Bleacher Report story takes us around the league and the various reactions to how LaVar’s statements are affecting Lonzo’s reputation. Referring to Lonzo, a league source told Bleacher Report, “They are frustrated that he can’t stand up to his dad, but they really like him.” Lonzo’s rookie campaign has not been Rookie of the Year-quality, as his dad predicted before the season, but his slow start would likely face far less scrutiny if his dad wasn’t making headlines of his own. LaVar, who recently brought his two younger sons to play professionally in Lithuania, has criticized Walton all year, with last week’s comments offering his harshest denunciation.

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