After Lonzo was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans, you just knew this was coming.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lakers and Pelicans dropped the bomb on everyone with the announcement of their blockbuster trade.
In the deal, the Pelicans are sending their All-Star forward, Anthony Davis, to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the #4 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, which comes up this week.
While Lakers Nation was gassed up, especially with rumors that their team is not done yet, names like Kemba, Kyrie and Jimmy Butler being thrown around, there was one voice everyone was waiting to hear (and most dreading it), and that voice finally spoke.
“I guarantee… it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship. Guarantee it.”
Yes, that was the voice of LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball, adding his voice to the mix.
LaVar Ball on the Lakers trading Lonzo Ball: ‘I guarantee… it will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship. Guarantee it.” https://t.co/Q1pxopsEdP
Speaking with ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Ball, as expected, hated on the deal and added in some of his ridiculousness, of course.
“They gonna regret it. I’ma have fun with it, cause I told y’all it was crashing down. Now it will completely crash, but at least my son got off the boat before the thing exploded.
“I gave ’em a chance. You can rewind it and go back, and I said, ‘if you get the three Ball brothers, you’re gonna survive this. You let them go? It’s gonna be a cold day in hell.’
“I don’t care where Lonzo plays. I just want him to be healthy and I want him to play. It’s better to go somewhere where you can just play and do your thing and be that guy instead of having all these question marks behind it. Once you don’t believe in him, it’s kinda hard to come back and be like, ‘oh we believe in him now.’ Because now we don’t know if you’re true or not. You had the first chance to believe in him, and you didn’t. So guess what? Time to go.”
Lonzo, even hampered by injuries, has failed to live up the hype of his status and his father’s loud claims, but this might be the fresh start that he needs.
So get ready New Orleans, the Ball circus is coming to town, which will make Mardi Gras even more interesting this year.