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The Los Angeles Lakers are going to enforce a policy that keeps reporters from a section of Staples Center that’s near family and associates of players after games, according to a report from ESPN.
The policy is now known as the “LaVar Ball rule,” some Lakers employees told ESPN.
In that area, which at Staples is behind the goal nearest the visitor’s locker room, family, friends, agents and other associates have congregated, waiting for players to come out. In the past, reporters could talk to someone in that group. Now reporters are asked to 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.”
But this isn’t about general friends and family, this is about Ball, who already has criticized Lakers coach Luke Walton and some of the players.
The Lakers also don’t allow interviews with Ball in the court.
In an interview with Bleacher Report in early November, Ball wasn’t happy about how much time his son, Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, had been on the bench for extended periods of the fourth quarter.
“Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you’ll always win,” Ball told Bleacher Report. “He’ll get into a better flow. The in and out, sitting out six to 10 minutes? He’s not going to take no shots because he’s not in the flow. He don’t want to hurt the team by shooting.”
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