Lonzo Ball of Los Angeles Lakers accepts blame for poor play


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lonzo Ball continues to shoulder the blame for the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday and their deficiencies to date. It is one thing he discovered from his father, LaVar, and from watching LeBron James whereas rising up.

“That’s how I used to be introduced up,” Ball mentioned on Monday after observe. “I’m not going to vary. …It’s a staff recreation; all of us play for one another, clearly we win and lose as a staff. However I wish to take the blame after we lose.”

“It is simply what my dad taught me,” he added. “Once I began at six, he has been teaching me the identical means my complete life.”

Ball additionally mentioned it’s a trait that he sees in his favourite participant, who will usually be fast to take accountability for his groups.

“My favourite participant rising up is LeBron,” Ball mentioned. “He nonetheless performs the identical approach to the day. He all the time takes it [blame].”

Lonzo Ball says he’ll all the time take the blame when the Lakers lose: “That’s how I used to be introduced up.” Rick Bowmer/AP

After the Lakers misplaced 96-81 in Utah on Saturday, Ball put the Lakers’ fourth lack of the season on his shoulders. Ball — who was held to 9 factors, 4 badists, two rebounds, two steals and 5 turnovers — blamed the loss on “two dumb performs by me” after Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell electrified the house crowd with 5 straight factors that included a one-handed catch-and-dunk putback and a three-pointer.

Ball felt he ought to have boxed out Mitchell on the dunk. Ball’s turnover proper after that finally led to Mitchell’s three-pointer, which turned a six-point recreation into an 11-point Jazz lead heading into the fourth quarter.

All of the momentum swung for Utah.

“It is not his fault we misplaced,” Lakers coach Luke Walton mentioned. “These are performs, there’s loads of possessions all through a recreation that you would be able to take a look at which have these sort of results, I simply pointed these out to him and to the staff as a result of I felt like they have been nice educating moments. I like that he desires to take accountability for it. That is what leaders do — they put it on their again, nevertheless it’s not on him that we misplaced that recreation. He did loads of issues very effectively that night time too.”

Ball even took blame for the Lakers not enjoying on the quick tempo that they wish to play with this season.

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“Extra tempo, run on makes, I really feel like we’re sort of strolling up the ball an excessive amount of,” Ball mentioned. “And that’s clearly my fault as a result of I’m the purpose guard so simply obtained to push the tempo just a little higher.”

Walton mentioned Ball has proven the power to not let exhausting losses persist with him and to maneuver on to the following recreation. Teammate Jordan Clarkson mentioned he was in Ball’s ear throughout that recreation on Saturday making an attempt to maintain the rookie aggressive.

Clarkson mentioned it’s straightforward to neglect that Ball simply turned 20 on Friday. “It’s a course of for him,” Clarkson mentioned. “…Different day, I used to be at his party; he rented Dave and Busters out, it was fairly cool. He is [only] 20, he is studying. It is going to be alright for him.”

Whereas the Balls had fun on Sunday — Clarkson mentioned Ball’s youthful brother LaMelo “was really whupping my bad in” pop-a-shot — the Lakers’ No. 2 general choose says he’ll proceed to shoulder the accountability for the way the Lakers play and win.

He discovered that from his father and watched his favourite participant set that instance.

“He positively is moving into that management position making these feedback,” Clarkson mentioned of Ball eager to take the blame for the Utah loss. “We all know he desires to win video games and stuff like that, however [it’s] positively one thing good for him to sort of choose up.”

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