Kenny Smith: Lakers Will Overcome LaVar Ball Distraction, Make Playoffs in West
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Entering play Friday, the Lakers were 10th in the Western Conference at 28-27, 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Smith also addressed the potential tension between point guard Lonzo Ball and head coach Luke Walton due to recent comments made by Ball’s father, LaVar Ball.
With Lonzo’s name coming up in trade rumors ahead of the trade deadline, LaVar appeared on 98.7 FM in Arizona and said Walton was the “worst coach [Lonzo] ever had.” LaVar also said Walton turned his son “into a loser.”
No trade involving Ball was consummated, which means he will have to be reintegrated into the lineup when he recovers from the ankle injury that has kept him on the shelf.
With regard to whether LaVar’s comments will cause issues, Smith said Friday that they won’t have any impact on the team: “It’s not about dads and uncles and cousins in the NBA. It’s not like high school. … The relationship is only your agent and player. As long as the agent and the player doesn’t say anything, you’re fine.”
While the Lakers haven’t had a dream season thus far, LeBron James’ 17-game absence with a groin injury contributed to their struggles. Now that he is back in the fold, the Lakers have arguably the best player in the world to go along with young talent like Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
If the Lakers manage to make the playoffs like Smith predicted, there likely won’t be any teams lining up to face them.
via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF
February 8, 2019 at 07:12PM