LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation

Luke Walton and Magic Johnson

Speaking from a resort in Birstonas, where his youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are preparing to make their professional debuts for Lithuanian franchise Prienu Vytautas, LaVar told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that "Luke [Walton] doesn't have control of the team no more". 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.

"My job is to play basketball", Ball said when asked about having a preference for playing for certain coaches. "I don't decide who the coach is". Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that.

Winning the National Basketball Association championship with two Ball brothers and a couple of rebounders would certainly give James another head-turning line on his resume when stacking it against Jordan's. "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those".

Lonzo Ball also downplayed his father's comments, saying he disagreed with them.

Walton disregarded the constant criticism coming from his star rookie's father, "I'm fine with it, it doesn't both me". "I just know they'll take care of it".


Had he lost the locker room? They held a team meeting on December 28 to air out myriad issues, from players who were unhappy about roles, minutes and rotations, to the direction the team is taking with its focus on signing two star free agents next summer.

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

The Lakers have lost nine in a row, and 12 of their last 13. I can see it. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". "You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win".

Walton added, "I feel very secure in my job status right now". "We talk all the time".

However when asked whether he enjoyed Walton as a coach, Lonzo did little to stem the speculation, simply answering: "I'll play for anybody". "What I love about [Johnson] is just the communication that we have as a family and as friends to fix the situation they're just solutions that we throw off each other".

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