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LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play for' Luke Walton


Even with starting point guard Lonzo Ball back in the lineup after an 11-day injury absence, the Lakers (11-27) simply couldn't hit shots to begin the game, which bled into their defense.

In response to Ball's comments, Walton told reporters that he did not feel that his job was in jeopardy. The rookie's father has a habit of providing outrageous quotes to get attention, and the team also had a meeting with the parent earlier in the season about toning down criticism centered on the coach and the team.

Unfortunately for Luke Walton, he has to hear about it from the father of the Lakers' top draft pick.

"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son", he said of the Lakers in November, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

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". "I know how to coach him". "My only concern with any of it is for Zo".

"I'm fine with it".


Ball apparently based his opinion on the oft-used sports cliché of "body language", after seeing how his son Lonzo Ball and other Lakers players responded on the court during a recent loss.

Had he lost the locker room? "That is all I do, is play". "We're going through that now".

"Part of that partnership is the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things", Carlisle said. That team won the first 24 games of the season and 39-4 under Walton's guidance.

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. So yeah, they probably shouldn't be making any comments from the outside.

Asked if he disagrees with the idea that he's lost the locker room, Walton responded, "I would disagree with that, yes". "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

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