There has been plenty of hype surrounding tonight's matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards due to a back-and-forth between No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball's father, LaVar, and Wizards center Marcin Gortat.
LaVar Ball said earlier this week that Washington "better beware because Lonzo ain't losing again [this week]." Gortat responded to those comments by saying that Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall would "torture" Lonzo Ball in their game.
man..... pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) October 23, 2017
Gortat's comments are not sitting well with the rest of the Lakers players.
"Yeah, of course we [saw it]," Ingram said about the situation. "Everyone has social media, definitely saw it. The competitor in Lonzo, of course he didn't take it so well and, with his teammates behind him, we didn't take it so well."
For his part, Lonzo tried to downplay the situation.
"I don't pay no mind to it" he said. "I already know my teammates have my back, so we're going to go out there, we're going to play and hopefully get a win."
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However, LaVar's comments apparently got Wall fired up as well as Gortat.
"Nah, no mercy," Wall told The Washington Post about playing Ball. "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. 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."
Ball is averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game so far this season.
Tip-off for tonight's game is set for 7:30 pm PT on ESPN.Back to the Los Angeles Lakers Newsfeed