The Los Angeles Lakers announced that they are enforcing an already existing policy called “LaVar Ball Rule” that will keep LaVar Ball from giving after game interviews.
The ‘keep out’ rule was put in order to keep the media from entering the small area where the family, friends and agents stand to wait – next to the visiting teams locker room.
“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
The existing rule will also help keep the Lakers’ rookie point guard, Lonzno Ball’s dad from giving after game interviews and strongly voicing his opinion on the coaching job that Luke Walton is doing with his son.
LaVar said during November 21st interview with Bleacher Report, “Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That’s why I’m down here saying, ‘Rebound.’ He’s been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game– they’re trying to baby him a little bit… What I mean by babying, ‘He’ll figure it out.’ It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him/” Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.”
In that same interview, Luke Walton responded to LaVar’s words by saying, “I will say this: I think that he has done a phenomenal job as a father with Lonzo because Lonzo is a special young man; he’s selfless, he’s unselfish, his teammates love him and he cares about them and plays the game the right way. So he has done a great job with that. But we are not concerned with what parents think of how we are coaching the team. We are contented with the team and what is best for the team and how we can continue to get better. “
Retired Lakers forward A.C. Green told TMZ that it’s a good thing that LaVar gives his two-cents… “I don’t think he has any affiliation with he Lakers… but he has an opinion,” Green said. “And you guys keep giving him opportunity to share his opinion, and you should… He’s going to do what he does.”
Last week the team implemented a new media protocol in “unrelated LaVar Ball” incident. The media is now barred from sitting curtsied while the Lakers’ are doing their pregame work in done.
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