LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers fell to their second straight defeat in a 122-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
However, what caught plenty of traction was a shoving match between Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns guard Tyler Ulis that spilled over to several players on both sides getting in the middle of it to separate their teammates from the situation.
During this tussle, each of the players that were on the floor got involved all but rookie Lonzo Ball, who made the decision to walk away toward the bench as the entire thing played out.
🤔😂 Lonzo Ball just walked away pic.twitter.com/dcRNGiYEPi
— Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 18, 2017
Following the game, Ball was asked about why he had that type of reaction to which he gave a straight forward response to his actions.
“It’s the NBA,” Ball said. “People ain’t really gonna fight, so I ain’t trying to get no tech.”
Prior to this situation, the 20-year-old had already established his reputation as being a calm and collected demeanor regardless of what arises during the course of a game. With that in mind, it makes the type of physical response that Ball had fall right into that zone of what has come to be expected from him.
There will be those that quickly point to Ball’s lack of involvement in the entire ordeal rub off on many the wrong way because he didn’t stick up for his team and come to defense or at least try to keep it from escalating any further. Ultimately, this will fall into the building criticism against him with the lack of aggression and emotion he often plays with on the court.