Here we go again.
The notoriously outspoken father of Lonzo Ball, LaVar Ball, is running his mouth again, which I don’t think he’s stopped doing since Lonzo was born.
This time, the trash talk is directed at former Kentucky Wildcat De’Aaron Fox. After Ball sat out of a Summer League game against Fox and the Sacramento Kings due to a “groin injury,” some alleged that maybe Ball was ducking Fox.
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LaVar took exception to the allegations, and said this on Fox Sports Radio (warning: the rest of this post features explicit language).
“Duck De’Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De’Aaron Fox? Hell nah,” said LaVar. “You can’t hear about him unless he puts my boy’s name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain’t nobody been talking about him.
“So he and his dad got to link themselves to us to be relevant. De’Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don’t put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him”
Next comes perhaps my favorite part of the interview, because LaVar does what we knew he’d do eventually: he disrespects Lonzo’s teammate.
“And the little white guy, what’s his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tail whipping. Let’s put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day,” said LaVar.
So after blaming the white guys on UCLA’s team for the Bruins’ loss in the NCAA Tournament, which Fox handed them, he calls Lonzo’s teammate a “little white guy,” and hardly remembers his name. That’ll be a fun discussion in the locker room.
LaVar knows no bounds when crossing the line; from trash talking the greatest player to ever touch a basketball, to trash-talking LeBron James’ children, to trash-talking Lonzo’s teammates, to trash-talking female reporters, he won’t stop until he’s pissed everyone off.
But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that LaVar is barking up the wrong tree. Again. The last time he wouldn’t shut his mouth, Fox dropped 39 and sent his son packing.
This saga just keeps getting more interesting, as Fox and Ball are building quite the rivalry early on.
Earlier in the offseason, Fox’s father took shots at both LaVar and Lonzo, saying “my son already ate his ass up twice,” when discussing the two players.
Then when Lonzo sat out for the Lakers’ game against the Kings, Fox expressed his disappointment with a facepalm emoji tweet that has since been deleted.
As the saga continues, the Kings are convinced they got the right guy.
“We got the best one, without a doubt,” said Kings summer league coach Jason March, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
“Coming in we knew it was going to be a great point guard class and in summer league we proved it,” Fox said. “None of this matters at the end of the day, what matters is what we do when we actually get in the league in the regular season.”
Let’s hope this keeps getting more interesting; and let’s hope Fox comes out on top every time it really matters.