Lonzo Ball continues to shoulder the blame for the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday and their deficiencies so far. It's something he learned from his father, LaVar, and from watching LeBron James while growing up. "That is how I was brought up," Ball said on Monday after practice. "I am not going to change. ...It is a team game; we all play for each other, obviously we win and lose as a team. But I like to take the blame when we lose." "It's just what my dad taught me," he added. "When I started at six, he has been coaching me the same way my whole life." Ball also said it is a trait that he sees in his favorite player, who will often be quick to take responsibility for his teams. "My favorite player growing up is LeBron," Ball said. "He still plays the same way to the day. He always takes it [blame]." After the Lakers lost 96-81 in Utah on Saturday, Ball put the Lakers' fourth loss of the season on his shoulders. Ball -- who was held to nine points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals and five turnovers -- blamed the loss on "two dumb plays by me" after Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell electrified the home crowd with five straight points that included a one-handed catch-and-dunk putback and a three-pointer. Ball felt he should have boxed out Mitchell on the dunk. Ball's turnover right after that eventually led to Mitchell's three-pointer, which turned a six-point game into an 11-point Jazz lead heading into the fourth quarter. All the momentum swung for Utah. "It's not his fault we lost," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "Those are plays, there's a lot of possessions throughout a game that you can look at that have those type of effects, I just pointed those out to him and to the team because I felt like they were great teaching moments. I love that he wants to take responsibility for it. That's what leaders do -- they put it on their back, but it's not on him that we lost that game. He did a lot of things very well that night too." Ball even took blame for the Lakers not playing at the fast pace that they want to play with this season.
Lonzo Ball says LaVar, LeBron James taught him to take blame for a loss
ESPN | Oct 30