Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton Respond to LaVar Ball's Comments

08 January, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Laura Christensen

Several hours later, Walton disagreed with that assessment and Lonzo Ball was left to connect he dots. "I know how to coach him".

"I don't see that the players aren't playing hard", Walton said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

He added, after a follow-up question: "My job is to play basketball".

Ball made the comments from Lithuania, where he was recently mobbed upon arriving.

This, though, is not the first time LaVar Ball has been critical of Walton's coaching. Walton, who said on Friday morning that he is not coaching as if his job is on the line, was asked whether he has received assurances from anyone in Lakers upper management.

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", he said. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here". He has a player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season and can become a free agent this offseason, which would give him the opportunity to sign with another team and win a championship at a third locale.

The Lakers are on a nine-game losing streak, and losing has often brought about LaVar Ball's public critiques.


Lakers executives met with LaVar Ball on November 29 to ask him to tone down comments he had made questioning Walton's rotations and overall usage of his son, the No. 2 pick in June's draft.

"It was a good conversation", LaVar Ball said the next week. That's all it is. "Like I said, he is going to say what he wants to say". Lonzo essentially admitted he was powerless in silencing LaVar.

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

"My only concern with any of it is for Zo", he said. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all".

Walton, who had spoken prior to Ball, contended that the comments from the parent did not bother him, though he did say the noise coming from Ball's father was "Not ideal". Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.

"Luke can come up to me and ask whatever is on his mind", Lonzo Ball said.

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