LaVar Ball acknowledged Friday that his outspokenness impacts public perception of his son—Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.

In an interview with ESPN (h/t John Chick of theScore), the elder Ball said, "[Lonzo's] always gonna have a bad rap. You know why? Because I'm talking...about him. Cuz Lonzo's so good you can't touch him."

After a rough NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Lonzo bounced back with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 132-130 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

During Thursday's 108-92 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center, Ball was held to three points on 1-of-6 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and four assists.

Two-time All-Defensive Team selection Patrick Beverley was covering Ball for much of the game, and the rookie was unable to find his rhythm.

After the game, Beverley yelled, "Weak ass motherf--ker. Bring him out on the court with me, and I will tear his ass up," apparently in reference to Ball, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc J. Spears.