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So, about that co-existence between LeBron James and LaVar Ball …
The patriarch of the Ball family, which includes James’ Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Lonzo Ball, has been noticeably quiet this season, especially compared to a year ago when he received more camera and microphone time than his son during Lonzo’s rookie season with the Lakers.
Turns out, there is no relationship between LaVar Ball and James.
“I really don’t have a relationship with LeBron,” LaVar Ball told TMZ Sports.
And as is unquestionably the case from James and the Lakers’ points of view, Ball says that is just fine.
“I like it. He ain’t done nothing bad to me, I ain’t done nothing bad to him,” he said. “So, as long as we good, we’ll be all right.”
When Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers out of UCLA with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft, his father issued an ultimatum to Lakers coach Luke Walton, saying if he didn’t play Lonzo more than 35 minutes per game, his job would be in jeopardy.
So far, so good, LaVar Ball said.
“If he keep playing Lonzo a lot — over 35 minutes — he’ll stick around,” Ball said. “Less, he won’t.”
For the record, Lonzo Ball is averaging 27.0 minutes per game this season, compared to 34.2 in his rookie campaign.