The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly imposed the “LaVar Ball Rule,” which basically bars the media from covering interviews on the area on the floor reserved for family and friends of the players.
Those who have been to Lakers games know that there’s a spot behind the basket near the locker room of the visiting team that is reserved for family, associates, agents and visitors of the players. There used to be a time when the press can interview some of them.
However, reporters are going to be asked to leave that section by security from now on.
It was speculated that the new policy was due to the interview given by LaVar Ball to Bleacher Report where he blasted Luke Walton for not coaching his son, Lonzo Ball, well. He also called the coaching staff of the Lakers soft for trying to baby the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
However, a Lakers spokesperson claimed that the rule is “an existing policy.”
“There has been more media presence in that area than before,” the spokesperson said. “That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
When ESPN reached out to LaVar Ball, he quickly added that he is “not worried” about the new rule.
Last month, Ball pointed out to the B/R that the inconsistency of the playing time has affected his son. In some games, he said Lonzo Ball is not even getting minutes the whole fourth quarter; or times when the 20-year-old is sitting about six to 10 minutes.
“Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you’ll always win. He’ll get into a better flow,” he said, talking about Lonzo Ball. “He’s not going to take no shots because he’s not in the flow. He don’t want to hurt the team by shooting.”