LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation

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LaVar Ball watched the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-94 Friday night loss to the Charlotte Hornets from Lithuania, but that didn't stop him from criticizing the team's coach. It erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN.

"I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace quite honestly, " Carlisle said. "And our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that". "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play, and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all".

"Nobody wants to play for him", Ball added. 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. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, coaching against Carlisle on Sunday, chimed in that a father can't possibly know what's going on inside the locker room.

"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. In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches. Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion, that's printed as anything that's legitimate, erodes trust.

"You can see they're not play for Luke no more", Ball's father told ESPN.

That's why on Sunday before the Mavericks played NY, he fired back at a story heavily quoting LaVar Ball, the outspoken father Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball, about Lakers' coach Luke Walton's control of the team.

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"You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win", he said.

"I would hope not, but it doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said of the coaching staff.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild. "Two years ago he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an awesome accomplishment".

But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe. "To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable". Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who's also the head of the coaches association, was less than pleased.

"You have my quote, " Carlisle retorted. That's what I'm saying.

With those two responses, Ball called into question his support of the Lakers' Head Coach. People don't know why they're in the game.

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