LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react

09 January, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Brandon Ingram shoots as Atlanta Hawks’ guard Kent Bazemore defends during their NBA game in Los Angeles Sunday. — AP

But we're glad Walton went for it, because this is a soundbite worth replaying all the time.

When ESPN's Jeff Goodman asked LaVar-who is now helping his two sons LiAngelo and LaMelo get adjusted to life in Lithuania-his thoughts on the Lakers' recent 9-game losing streak, LaVar responded by taking a shot at Walton.

Lamenting the Lakers' recent struggles, which have seen them lose nine straight games and fall into last place in the conference, LaVar said Walton doesn't have control of the team anymore, and added that the players don't want to play for him.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", LaVar said, via ESPN. It erodes the trust that we built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset.

"I'll play for anybody", Lonzo told reporters Sunday.

Walton said before the game that some coaches have reached out to him after the comments.

Walton's comments refer to LaVar, Lonzo's father and human loudspeaker, who claimed in an interview with ESPN on Sunday that the Lakers have given up on their head coach.


Yet while Ball's fancy playmaking opened the most eyes, Josh Hart was just as valuable by starting and finishing multiple breaks.

Yes, ESPN is a league partner but they pay about $1.4 billion a year to air the league's games.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said. LiAngelo Ball left UCLA after getting suspended and arrested for shoplifting during the Bruins' season-opening trip to China in November, and LaMelo Ball was removed from Chino Hills High in California so he could join the Lithuanian club.

Lavar Ball also said he is confident that LeBron James, whom he has never met, will be coming to the Lakers this offseason as a free agent. "Gr8 teacher & role model / if u don't like a situation just QUIT take ball & blame everyone / @ LukeWalton has more CLASS & HOOPS knowledge on his pinkie than LaVar!"

The 30th overall pick fired a couple outlet passes, ran a smooth give-and-go with Ball, and got some buckets himself with a pair of rushes to the rim. You can't get more championships.

I mean, he's our head coach.

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