The Wizards losing to the Lakers on Wednesday night put them in the unenviable position where LaVar Ball got to throw salt on their wounds and say 'I told you so.'
He's a noted loudmouth and many were rooting for the Wizards to shut him up, but they couldn't.
It gets worse. Now ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who has a lot in common with Ball as a controversial trash-talker worthy of Wrestlemania, is taking shots.
Smith went on a rant Thursday morning with the sort of passion and histrionics he is famous for. His gripe: the Wizards look like fools for not backing up their trash talk.
Yes, the Wizards were the ones who did the talking in Stephen A.'s eyes. Seriously?
LaVar Ball started the entire saga by saying the "Wizards better beware" on Sunday, three days before the game and before the Wizards had even played the Denver Nuggets, their previous opponent. All the Wizards did was respond, and who can blame them?
Set aside the irony of Stephen A. Smith criticizing anyone for firing back in a war of words for a second.
Let's take a look at his rant:
The fact of the matter is, Wall didn't really take much of a shot at all. Wall told NBC Sports Washington that he thinks Lonzo is a "nice kid" and doesn't blame him for his father's actions. Wall said he would show "no mercy" in an interview with the Washington Post ahead of his battle with Lonzo Ball, but was he supposed to say otherwise, that he would show mercy against the rookie?
That doesn't make any sense at all. And Smith should know better messing with the Wizards. Markieff Morris is watching.