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LaVar Ball stirs controversy with Walton comments

08 January 2018, 03:11 | Stacy Ballard

"They should look at their sources and do a better job and determining whether they have any merit and validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths", Carlisle said. Part of that partnership. the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews and all those kinds of things. "And our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that".

LaVar Ball has consistently violated his pre-draft vow to Magic Johnson that he would not meddle with the team if they picked Lonzo, and that he was playing a character he could flip on and off like a light switch. And in exchange for that they should back up the coaches. 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. "Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion that is printed as anything like (it's) legitimate - it erodes the trust we've built with ESPN and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that". "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more".

Asked if his father thinks Walton should not be the Lakers' head coach, Lonzo Ball said: "That's just his opinion". Two years ago, he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an unbelievable accomplishment. That's what I'm saying.

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", Walton said. He earned the Laker job. They don't really know what's going on in the overall picture. "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things. To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable".

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Provided a second opportunity to clarify his comments regarding his coach, Ball was asked about the "Play for anybody" response and to expand on preferences, with relation to liking or disliking his coach. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me.

"That's a good team", he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games.

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon.



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