Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Three reasons it's okay to trade Lonzo Ball

Three reasons it's okay to trade Lonzo Ball

He certainly won't be the last coach to speak up for Luke, but it's nice to see him having his fellow coach's back. In fact, Ball became the first Lakers player since Lamar Odom in 2008 to record a double-double that didn't include points, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"Somewhere LaVar is laughing at all of us". "That sells. That's what is true in politics, entertainment and now in sports". It doesn't matter if there is anything of substance involved with an issue. It's just, can we make it really interesting, for no apparent reason.

There are people all of the time that strongly disagree with how a team is run or who they hire or have in top positions - but with LaVar Ball, the concern is that his antics will seep into the locker room.

The latest Ball-related beef popped up this weekend when ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported that LaVar said Lakers coach Luke Walton "doesn't have control of the team no more".

ESPN pays the National Basketball Association $1.4 billion a year, helping make it possible for players and coaches to draw enormous paychecks. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions". There's nothing interesting about that story. "Yet, we're sticking a microphone in front of his face because apparently it gets ratings". Or, at a minimum, Ball has to do more to publicly distance himself from the outlandish comments his father routinely makes.

"I was thinking about ESPN and they laid off, I don't know 100 people?", Kerr said earlier this week, via SB Nation.

Kerr offered sympathy to former ESPN writers that have written such substantial pieces before being let go among the rounds of layoffs this year. They would snap their nine-game losing streak Sunday night against the league-worst Atlanta Hawks.

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"I don't think there's anything wrong with you guys criticizing coaches", Van Gundy said. That's my guy. He's one of my best friends.

"We're trying to play a certain way and have a certain standard", Walton said.

At the same time, he notes, that's where the interest is; expecting media companies to not cover things that draw interest is not going to happen any time soon; instead, it's probably best to hope that coverage subsidizes the more important things news organizations do, whether or not they always have a big audience.

LaVar has had his fair share of things to say, about anything really - Donald Trump, the NCAA, Chino Hills high school, Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, you name it - if it gave LaVar exposure, he talked about it, more often than not gaining more haters than followers in the process. "I'm sure most of us love playing for him, too".

There may be those who point to De'Aaron Fox's 15 points as proof of his superiority over his supposed rookie rival, as was the case in some corners when the No. 5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft outscored the No. 2 selection during the previous meeting between these teams. "He could really destroy LaVar if he really wanted to".

LaVar Ball's words are still dominating the news cycle all the way from Lithuania.

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