With a players dad calling out the coach, many trade rumors, a player being released from jail and another player getting sued, this has been a crazy week for the Los Angeles Lakers.
LaVar Ball vs. Luke Walton
In a report released by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Goodman explained how LaVar feels like Lakers head coach, Luke Walton, has lost control of the team. With the Lakers continuing to lose, this is the last thing the Lakers want. Although when Lonzo Ball was drafted, LaVar said he would take a step back. He has done the opposite of that.
President of Basketball Options for the Lakers, Magic Johnson, and General Manager, Rob Pelinka, have met with LaVar to discuss his comments. Clearly that meeting meant nothing to LaVar because he can not keep his mouth shut. LaVar was a loud mouth ever since Lonzo was in high school so the Lakers knew what they were getting into when they drafted Lonzo. Clearly a person in the locker room told LaVar that Walton lost control and clearly that person is Lonzo. This makes Lonzo seem untrustworthy and a bad teammate.
The Lakers need to tell LaVar to shut up. Magic Johnson and Pelinka must take a stand and threaten to trade Lonzo. If LaVar continues to talk bad about anyone in the Lakers organization, the Lakers should trade Lonzo and 2 other young players (Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson) for Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins.
Andrew Bogut, Jamil Wilson
On Jan. 6 the Lakers waived center Andrew Bogut. Bogut signed a 1-year deal in the off-season but ended up not being a good fit at all. Bogut played in 24 games and only averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in nine minutes per game.
The Lakers were about to sign Jamil Wilson to a 10-day contract but pulled out of the deal. The Lakers reneged on the deal Wednesday after a TMZ report came out that a woman had filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that she contracted a STD from Wilson while dating him. She claims Wilson knew about having the STD.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has officially been released from jail after serving a 25-day sentence. Pope was able to get a work release so he was able to leave for practice and games in California. Pope was forced to wear a GPS monitor and was forced to return back to jail after practice and games.
All in all, it has been a hectic week for the Lakers and will only get crazier as the trade deadline approaches.