Lonzo Ball on LaVar Ball’s threat: ‘No reaction. I always just play. He always talks’

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LaVar Ball said Lonzo Ball wouldn’t re-sign with the Lakers unless they also signed LiAngelo Ball (and maybe LaMelo Ball, though LaVar wasn’t quite as clear about his third son).

The earliest Lonzo could unilaterally leave Los Angeles is 2022, but he addressed his father’s comments now.

Lonzo, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“No reaction,” Lonzo said of his father’s threat. “I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”

This is along the same lines of Lonzo’s response to LaVar criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton: “I’ll play for anybody.” Lonzo is trying to walk a delicate line between his dad and his employer.

I don’t envy Lonzo repeatedly getting stuck in this situation.

But LaVar appears to hold immense sway in his sons careers. He said he pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA, and he took LaMelo out of high school to play in Lithuania. As long as that perception remains, Lonzo will have to answer for comments like this one from his father.

The Lakers probably shouldn’t worry about Lonzo leaving as quickly as he can in unrestricted free agency, though his non-denial warrants at least consideration. But they are worried about another angle of this – how all this drama affects Lonzo.