Another day, another instance of LaVar Ball criticizing the coach of one of his sons. His criticism of the Chino Hills head coach in September of last year led to LaMelo's departure from high school basketball. The Big Baller also made comments last month about Lakers coach, Luke Walton, that were not received very well by the organization. Because of the frequency of these comments, it was only a matter of time before LaVar openly criticized Virginijus Seskus, the head coach of B.C. Vytautas.
After Vytautas’s loss to Zalgiris Kaunas last week, Lavar sounded off on what he perceived was a lack of playing time for his sons:
“We could win this game easily, but the coach didn’t have confidence to let my boys do what they do…you put guys who didn’t practice for the game before my boys?”LiAngelo and LaMelo combined for 44 points off the bench, which begs the question, why they weren’t starting?
LaVar seemed to be angered by the fact that Coach Seskus started Rashuan Broadus, a new member of the team who played at BYU before beginning his overseas career in 2008. Broadus shot 2-7 for four points in his Vytautas debut.
There is no excuse to bring the Ball Brothers off the bench if they’re able to put up those kind of numbers against a team like Zalgiris. In a game where Vytautas lost by 22 points, extra scoring definitely would have been appreciated.
Despite LaVar’s newfound contempt for Coach Seskus, there will be no removing Melo or Gelo from their new team. The boys still have to serve out the rest of their six-month contract in Lithuania. While LaVar may be “really mad” with Virginijus Seskus, he must choose his words carefully in order to not affect his boys’ playing time. This might be the first hole that LaVar can’t talk himself out of.