LaVar Ball is back to his old antics, and this time it came on a high school basketball court.
Ball, coaching his Big Ballers AAU team on Saturday, didn’t like a call that was made against his team. He argued with the referee, saying, It’s not a foul, it’s not a foul and some other choice words.
Then, Ball pulled his team off the court. It’s important to note his team was winning 69-60 at the time he pulled his players off the court. Here’s video of the incident:
Ball was later asked why he made the decision to forfeit the game.
It wasn’t about the referees, Ball said outside (via itsovertime.com). Not going to have my guys playing hard and they cheating. I don’t play that.
Right after explaining, he stopped to take a photo with a teenager. Yet another classic move from Ball.
That’s brutal against the Warriors. Their elite defenders wouldn’t even bat an eye at Rose, and they would generously help off him to stop penetration elsewhere.
Oh, and speaking of defense, Rose is not great on that end. While he possesses the physical tools to be passable defensively, he often fails to give full effort and finds himself out of position. While you can’t pin all of the Knicks’ defensive issues on Rose (only five teams had a worse defensive rating than New York last season), he certainly didn’t help. The Knicks’ defense was 5.5 points per possession worse with Rose on the floor (from 108.8 to 114.3).
Imagine the looks on the faces of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant if they saw Rose switching onto them following a screen. That’s just instant buckets every time.
Placing Rose in the starting lineup next to Irving would be an odd fit, and Cleveland just signed Calderon as a backup point guard. They have enough one-way players. If the ultimate goal is to take the Larry O’Brien trophy back from the Warriors, Rose won’t get the job done.