When the Los Angeles Lakers successfully completed their trade for Anthony Davis on Saturday afternoon — while also sending out Lonzo Ball and most of the rest of their young core in the process — I know what you were thinking.
When will the deal get done? Probably not.
We all know what you really wanted to know: What does LaVar Ball think about all this?
Well thankfully, the Big Baller Dad was kind enough to share his reaction to the trade with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. In a shock to precisely no one, he thought it was a mistake:
“I guarantee: Like I say again, it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship,” LaVar Ball said when asked by ESPN for his first reaction to the trade while at the Drew League to watch his son LaMelo play. “Guarantee it.”
”They’re going to regret it,” the elder Ball continued. “I’m going to have fun with it. Because I told you all, it was crashing down. Now [the Lakers] completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before the thing exploded. I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you can survive this. You let him go, oh, it’s going to be a cold day in hell. Trust and believe that.”
Is that worse than getting cursed by Lil B? Who knows. Anyway, LaVar wasn’t done there:
LaVar Ball said the Lakers are “gonna be known for always getting rid of great players,” adding that “everybody who gets away from the Lakers, boy, they do so much better after they get away.”
”The proof is in the pudding,” he said, citing former Lakers such as Russell and Julius Randle. “I’m not just saying this. ... Anybody that leaves, unless you were with Lonzo and then you get stuck in Cleveland like Larry Nance and [Jordan] Clarkson. They’re not doing as good. Zo makes them better than that.”
That’s a lot of things to unpack, but to me the biggest thing here is that now that Lonzo has been traded, we don’t have to care about this anymore.
Best of luck to LaVar in New Orleans!