Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

Had the interview ended at that point, Ball's father would have seemed like a disconnected parent.

"People don't why they're in the game".

So when Walton was asked Friday morning if he wonders whether his job is in danger, his answer was simple. "Playing like garbage. Something I need to address and fix".

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. LaVar being the father of the team's top draft pick makes things a bit different, but he has no control over how the team plays or what moves they make. I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room].

"He is going to speak his mind, he is not going to change", said Lonzo Ball, who says he hasn't spoken to LaVar since his father and two brothers landed in Lithuania, where LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are playing for the pro team Prienu Vytautas.".

Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this. If he's ready to play, let him play.

Walton said Sunday that he was "fine" with LaVar's comments, on one condition.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball told ESPN. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

Walton said that he pulled Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (zero points in 20 minutes) early on because of an uncharacteristically poor attention to defense. I tell him to go get the victory.

Kuzma, who has been arguably the team's best player this season, has been struggling as of late and is coming off one of his worst performances of the season against the lowly Charlotte Hornets.

"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management. My only concern with any of it is for [Lonzo Ball]. "I know how to coach him". "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!"

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