Lakers enforcing "LaVar Ball Rule"

Lakers, claiming the move to be "existing" policy, will limit the amount of media in the areas of Staples Center for players' families and friends.

Kahron Spearman

Looks like Lakers president Magic Johnson has had enough. Only took five weeks.

Per ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Los Angeles Lakers are barring media from being in the section of Staple Center specifically designated for friends and family of players after games. It's a loose-turned-tight policy some are calling the "LaVar Ball Rule."

Before the move, media socialized and sometimes interviewed people associated with players. Under current enforcement, if a media member is recognized in these areas, arena security or Laker staffers can ask that media member to leave.

It's not a new policy; it's an existing policy. 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.

Lakers spokesman
to ESPN's Chris Haynes

In an example of what the Lakers are hoping to avoid getting covered by media, LaVar Ball recently criticized Julius Randle for not passing to his son during a late possession in an overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

He also scolded coach Luke Walton for calling timeouts late in the game.

"I'll tell you the crucial point. When Julius [Randle] got that ball at the end, he should have thrown it forward. Lonzo had a wide-open layup. Or three-pointer. That's game. It wouldn't have gone to overtime. That was game ... Julius tried to take too many dribbles, then they fouled him, or they called timeout. But if he would have thrown the ball ahead, coach wouldn't have called a timeout. Even if he did, he can't call it because the ball's in the air. Lonzo's running the lane, game over. That's the best time to score.

"... But every time they score two three-pointers, it's a game of runs. Don't call timeout, because that's means you're scared. You make two three-pointers on me, I got two more to come...Do the Big Baller move. Don't call no timeouts."