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John Wall Is Really Going To Lay Into Lonzo Ball, And It’s All LaVar’s Fault
Lonzo Ball might be doing just fine after his first week or so in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be excused from answering for the sins of his father. Washington Wizards all-star guard John Wall says he plans on giving it to Lonzo with both barrels when the two teams meet tonight, and it’s all because of his loudmouth dad.
LaVar Ball took to the media to let the world know that his son won’t lose two games in a row, as though it’s totally up to him.
Wizards center Marcin Gortat laughed it off, and now John Wall seems to be using the remarks as competitive fuel.
First, Gortat’s tweet:
man….. pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) October 23, 2017
And here’s what Wall said (via The Washington Post):
“Nah, no mercy,” Wall responded when asked if he would show leniency to the 19-year-old rookie point guard despite his braggadocious father.
“Certain matchups you really get up for. Like when you play [Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry], you definitely want to have a good game,” Wall said. “I’m playing against [Ball]. [Gortat] said what he said about me. I didn’t say anything. His dad has been talking. … That makes me want to go out there and lead my team and play the best I can play…
“His dad has gone on top of all that,” Wall said. “Forget what the media is saying. ‘This is what my son is.’ Which, I’m not knocking him. He’s hyping his son up but he’s already getting all that hype. … He’s just taking it to another level.
“We didn’t say nothing about him, nothing to him, and he says, ‘The Wizards better be ready because he don’t ever lose two in a row,’” Wall continued, then scoffed at the absurdity of the father’s boast. “Like, this is the league now. It’s a different ballgame.”
Wall certainly isn’t the only NBA player putting a target on Lonzo, but he’s the one that’s squaring up against him next on the schedule. We’ll see how hard the versatile point guard makes life for the hyped-up rookie.