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LaVar Ball Says He Doesn’t Care Lonzo Won’t Win Rookie of the Year

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Lonzo Ball found himself left out the nominations for the NBA’s rookie of the year award after the league revealed the nominees last month. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists in his first year, but it was not enough compared to the seasons of the 76er’s Ben Simmons, the Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, and the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum.

While Lonzo was a premier talent coming out of UCLA, much of the hype surrounding the young player came from his father LaVar Ball. The Big Baller Brand dad has made it no secret this season what he thinks of Lonzo’s talent, but throughout the season he claimed his son would be dubbed rookie of the year.

During a conversation with TMZ Sports on Tuesday, LaVar revealed that he’s not bothered by his son being passed up on the honor he predicted would happen.

“Who cares about rookie of the year” Ball said. When asked if Donovan Mitchell should take the award, LaVar doubled down on his thoughts, calling the honor insignificant. “I don’t care who rookie of the year … don’t mean nothing.” Ball added.

While he missed the mark forecasting Lonzo as R.O.T.Y, LaVar maintains that he shouldn’t be doubted on his predictions. “I usually get everything right” Ball said. “But I get stuff that matters right.”

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