Lakers To Enforce New “LaVar Ball Rule,” To Prohibit Media From Interviewing Him & Others
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly barring members of the media from being in the section of the arena designated for friends and family of players after games.
The rule is being dubbed the “LaVar Ball” rule.
“Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the conclusion of games. Interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden.
In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Laker staffers direct that he or she leave the area.
“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
Even though it might not be a new rule, the enforcement of it comes on the heels of LaVar Ball criticizing Lakers coaches for not knowing how to coach his son and calling the team soft.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”
If Lonzo Ball was killing it on the floor and putting up numbers like the team thought he would, this rule would likely not be enforced and LaVar would be free to run his mouth as much as he pleased.