LaVar Ball has created a monster. Its name is LaVar Ball.
Last week while he created (more) headlines, pulling middle son LiAngelo out of UCLA, saying he will take him and LaMelo, whom LaVar had already pulled out of Chino Hills High, to play together overseas, the Lakers began barring the press from the family area at Staples Center.
The press called it “the LaVar rule,” since it was clearly meant to keep them away from the out-of-control paterfamilias who had become increasingly critical of the Lakers.
If only silencing him was that easy, or possible …
LOS ANGELES – All Denver point guard Jamal Murray had to do was dribble out the clock Saturday night. Lakers players were untucking their jerseys, their night presumably done after a major fourth quarter collapse that led to a 115-100 loss.
Murray, however, had one last message to send.
As he bolted past Lonzo Ball, Murray dribbled the ball around one side of the Lakers rookie while running past him on the other. Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle were quick to foul Murray in defense of Ball, while the entire transaction quickly went viral.
A day later, the Lakers made it clear
LOS ANGELES — Austin Rivers was the first responder.
He was the one who was knocked into Blake Griffin, landed on his left knee, heard him scream.
He talked to Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room, although Griffin wasn’t in the mood to converse.
“He’s down,” Rivers said. “It’s like oh, no, not again.”
That is taken in an individual and team sense. Griffin’s biggest NBA obstacles are the muscles and ligaments that threaten to burst through the skin, yet can’t weather 82 games, not the way he attacks them.
The Clippers have already lost three of the top players they meant to use
SACRAMENTO — Blake Griffin made a 10-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining and had a season-high 33 points to lead the Clippers over the Sacramento Kings, 97-95 on Saturday night.
The Clippers squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead, but Griffin sent them home from their five-game road trip with a pair of victories.
Lou Williams made four 3-pointers and had 18 points for the Clippers, who have beat the Kings 10 straight times in Sacramento. Austin Rivers added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds.
LOS ANGELES — It rhymes with indeed, or friend in need.
The NBA has enough under-25 stars to fill up several red carpets. Maybe the league can loan Joel Embiid to the NFL, or some other distressed business that seeks a savior.
On Wednesday night, in a building that has celebrated two NBA championships, two Stanley Cups, Adele and Taylor Swift, Embiid stapled a new page in league history. He also punched a hole in the Lakers, or at least in their delusions that they’re anywhere close to catching up to the times.
Ordinarily you’d need a whole frontcourt to put together