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.
LaVar Ball Says Lonzo Will Always Have Bad Rap 'Because I'm Talking About Him'
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