About a week ago, news broke that Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball was dealing with a knee injury. He has a problem with his meniscus and it might require surgery.
The news of the injury leaked right around the time that Lonzo Ball's name was being floated in trade rumors. Coincidence?
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that some within the Lakers believed that the news of the injury was intentionally leaked by the Ball camp to diminish his trade value.
Jalen Rose agreed.
"That’s smart. He doesn’t want to leave L.A. If you don’t want to leave L.A., do all of the things that don’t make people think you’re an attractive commodity to bring to their team. Do the San Antonio Spurs want Lonzo Ball?
…. There are some people that felt like… because of [LaVar Ball] and what distraction he may be, we don’t want [Lonzo]. That ain’t 100 percent of the people. Now you put the injury thing out there. Now you put the diss record out there. Now that suppresses the market for people that actually want to bring you to their squad."
LaVar Ball has reacted to this idea. From TMZ Sports:
"First of all, Lonzo doesn’t have a camp. We a family. Camp is when you put a bunch of guys together that you don’t know. That’s a camp. We don’t have no camp.
You never heard me talk, you never heard me say ‘oh Lonzo’s hurt! Oh, his back his hurt…’ You never heard me talk like that.
…. Why would it come from me? I don’t talk like that. I don’t baby nothing.
…. I don’t leak nothing. I always say what’s on my mind, so you don’t never see me saying, ‘I think I should say this now and let it leak.’ I don’t do that."