LaVar Ball Says Lakers No Longer Want To Play for Luke Walton

Posted January 08, 2018

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who's also the head of the coaches association, was less than pleased.

"He's a grown man", Ball said of his father's comments following the Lakers' shootaround at Staples Center.

LaVar, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman?that "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more".

In an interview with ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Ball expressed some issues with Walton, including his age, his control of the team and the idea of him coaching either LeBron James or Paul George should either chose to come to the Lakers this offseason. They play the last-place Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

But the focus moving forward is all on one side of the ball.

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments. Still, anyone who's paid even semi attention to Ball over the a year ago isn't surprised.

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Ball did little to put out the fire heating up Walton's seat by refusing to outwardly endorse his coach with his father's comments freshly floating about and with the Lakers on a nine-game losing streak and struggling to compete on a nightly basis.

"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me".

Walton disagreed with LaVar's latest criticism of the Lakers coach, whose team has lost 12 of its past 13 games. I can see it.

"It doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said. We are going to play for him.

Walton said that he pulled Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (zero points in 20 minutes) early on because of an uncharacteristically poor attention to defense. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball)".

LaVar stayed as silent as he could, but then he made a decision to renew his one-sided rivalry with the Lakers head coach while in Lithuania. "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things". All they'd need to win, of course, is LaVar's middle son, LiAngelo, who is not even a fringe National Basketball Association prospect. "We talk all the time".

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