‘Do Like the Chicago Bulls’: LaVar Lays Down How Van Gundy Should Use Lonzo Ball

Published 12/21/2020, 8:15 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: Lonzo Ball attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ‘Avengers: Endgame’ at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)


LaVar Ball is easily the most famous father in the NBA. Or rather, the most notorious. Whether it is hyping up his kids or creating a new apparel brand, he is far from the usual NBA dad. And this time he is in the news for advising Stan Van Gundy on how to coach his son, Lonzo Ball.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

He is never really pleased with the coaching situations around Lonzo. Famously, he has chastised Luke Walton and Alvin Gentry for limiting his potential. However, he is much more satisfied with the current Pelicans’ coach.

Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) talks to head coach Stan Van Gundy in the first quarter of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

“I like the situation that he is in right now. Like I said, the best situation is him and his brothers. The difference is Lonzo’s gonna do better this year on the fact that, okay he healthy, but the mindset of Stan was like ‘Zo the ball is in your hands, let me get Jrue out the way, let me let Zion play the game’.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

LaVar advises Pelicans’ Van Gundy

Throughout his entire career, Lonzo has been limited by injuries. Just like Zion, he has had to under a minutes’ restriction. So, Ball senior is proposing a unique idea to manage his load. Appearing on the ETCs with Kevin Durant podcast, he said

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Do like the Chicago Bulls man. Play Lonzo for 3 quarters straight. First 3 quarters, you only play 36 minutes like a high school game. You up by 20, take his a*s off the fourth quarter. In some games, he might have to play a little more.”

Can Lonzo Ball help the Pelicans make the playoffs?

The Western Conference is loaded this season. The Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, Suns, Warriors, Nuggets, Trailblazers at least are all ahead of the Pelicans. Also, they are a team that is under a rebuilding process.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Dec 14, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) battle for a loose ball during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

However, they have got a generational talent in Zion Williamson who can carry them alone. However, there are questions marks, not around his abilities, but rather his fitness. If he and Lonzo keep fit, they are surely playoff contenders. If not, 2021 will only bring them disappointment.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Bharat Aggarwal

757 articles

Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT