LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

ESPN posted an article that had the outspoken father ripping into Luke Walton and claiming his players don't want to play for him any longer, basically bringing even more headaches into an already bad season.

Instead, Lonzo said he has no issue with Walton's status as head coach because ... of Walton's status as head coach? And after the game, Walton went as far as to joke about the comments LaVar had made about him in the days leading up to the Lakers' latest game.

"In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches", Carlisle said.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said. This is still a growing year for their young players - including Lonzo Ball, who has some mixed stats and efficiency indicators - so LaVar Ball's irritability with losing is a representation of his inability to judge context and performance in professional basketball. Everyone can hate it all they want but LaVar Ball has proven himself to be newsworthy - if he weren't, Carlisle wouldn't be bothering to talk about him.

"Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can't coach them guys".


The rookie played 30 minutes in the win, tied for the most on the team, so there should be no real controversy over playing time. "I don't decide who coaches".

Walton has taken the recent spat in stride, joking about Ball's comments after the Lakers' win on Sunday.

Carlisle, who serves as president of the NBA's Coaches Association, argued that ESPN should consider its sources and determine if they have any merit or are simply "blowhard loudmouths". He pulled his son, LaMelo, from his high school in Chino Hills prior to the start of the season because of problems with first-year coach Dennis Latimore.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said.

"Get rid of everybody", LaVar Ball told ESPN. People don't know why they're in the game. You got a 2 and a 3. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. "Yeah, there probably shouldn't be many comments from outside".

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