Have Lonzo and LaVar Ball Perfected the “Good Cop, Bad Cop” Routine?
By: Alex Marcheschi
The good cop, bad cop routine…we’ve seen it a thousand times before in movies, and potentially real life, if you live dangerously. The bad cop comes in and stirs things up, rattling you and stirring up emotions that would’ve laid dormant otherwise. Then, the good cop comes in and smooths things over, lulling you into a vulnerable state as the vibe of the situation rapidly changes. This is exactly what LaVar and Lonzo Ball have been doing this season.
LaVar, the bad cop, talks all the shit and stirs the pot while Lonzo lays low and plays some ball while showing literally no emotions. The kid is a stone cold killer, his facial expression genuinely never changes whether he’s going off or getting torched, it’s pretty remarkable.
LaVar’s words have rattled starting point guards around the league, although Patrick Beverley came out and took it to Lonzo in his first game, you can’t deny that he was borderline too fired up, he came close to getting T’ed up on multiple occasions. For Lonzo, facing Beverley in his first ever NBA game was like house sitting for the first time ever with a rabid pit bull in the house. You’re not going to have a good time.
However, in his next game Lonzo recorded 8 pts, 13 assists and 8 rebounds against the Pelicans, then he went off for 29, 9, and 11 against the Suns and last night had 6, 10 and 8 in a win against the Wizards. Impressive.
Every time a point guard faces off against Lonzo, he is forced to answer questions about LaVar in the days leading up to the game, and it takes them out of their element. Instead of trying to get the win, Lonzo’s opposing point guards are left trying to expose the young Ball and as a result, their team’s game suffers.
I’m not breaking news that LaVar is a master puppeteer, he’s been doing it in the national spotlight for a while now and it seems to be working. Love LaVar or hate LaVar, he’s in the head of the every NBA player and it affects how they play against his son. I haven’t seen anything like this in my 25 years of existence, Lonzo basically has his own Flava Flav hyping him up at every corner, and every Lakers game has become must see TV for NBA die hards. I’m all in on Lonzo and LaVar good cop, bad cop routine.