LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 08, 2018,
Jan 08, 2018, 1:16
And now LaVar Ball is talking again. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who's also the head of the coaches association, was less than pleased.
When asked if he liked Walton as his coach, Lonzo said, "I'll play for anybody".
Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday.
Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild.
"Speak it into existence", is the phrase he used whenever he spoke with certainty about his son, Lonzo Ball, becoming a Los Angeles Laker.
Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this.
"Nobody wants to play for him".
Walton said Sunday that he was "fine" with LaVar's comments, on one condition.
"You would be lying to say that there are guys that are not frustrated on this team", Andrew Bogut told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk during a December ESPN report.
"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center.
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've said all along there's always parents, and parents are going to get mad at things, that's what they do. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued.
The outspoken father has gone on record to state that all of his sons will someday play for the Lakers, but if continues to trash people in the organization and make life miserable for people, he'll be looking at none of sons playing for the team.
"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management. "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. I just know they'll take care of it".