Since LaVar Ball landed in Lithuania, Lonzo Ball has averaged 11.8 PTS, 8.8 REBS, 7 ASTS, 3 STLS, 2.8 3PTS (3 straight double-doubles) and the Lakers are 3-1 (3 straight wins). I’m not really saying LaVar has anything to do with the success or failure of the Lakers (some of you are), but it is fun to point out that the franchise has been doing well since his departure and they were on an eight-game losing streak before he left and took over Arvydas Sabonis’ country.
I will also point out that Lonzo Ball was injured for all eight of those games. And since I’m being super selective about stats (just to piss off Lonzo Ball critics), I’m going to mention that his performance against the Spurs on Thursday night (18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 4 threes) was the first time in NBA history a rookie had a game with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 4 threes! And this is coming one game after he became just the sixth rookie to ever put up 5 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals; Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta, Chris Paul and John Wall are the other five.
So what’s the real reason for the current success of the Lakers? According to Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and Brook Lopez, it’s defense.
If you hate Lonzo, you will really hate hearing Colin Cowherd compare Ball’s rookie season to LeBron’s Rookie of the Year season and explain why Ball is so underrated.