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DALLAS — For the first time since LaVar Ball’s critical comments,
The Los Angeles Lakers knew what they were getting in LaVar Ball when they drafted his son Lonzo. But after multiple meetings and pleas not to publicly disparage their team and coach, the situation remains unchanged. What will the Lakers do now?
With controversy swirling around the Lakers amid critical comments from LaVar Ball that coach Luke Walton has lost the locker room, Brandon Ingram helped the team snap a nine-game losing streak on Sunday against the Hawks.
Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, said it’s a “disgrace” that ESPN published LaVar Ball’s comments critical of Lakers coach Luke Walton. Carlisle said such comments shouldn’t be published if they have no merit or validity.
Walton, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzmaall disagreed with LaVar Ball’s statements, with Kuzma defending the coach and saying the team stands with Walton. Lonzo Ball said he did not think Walton had lost the locker room and that he just wanted to play basketball. The rookie point guard said he does not choose who the coach is and that his father is a grown man who will always express his opinions.
However, there was no statement or comment from the Lakers organization following LaVar Ball’s comments made while in Lithuania, where his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are playing.
The front office did not want to respond to comments made by a parent of a player, even if the Lakers met with LaVar Ball earlier in the season to ask him to tone down his previous criticism of Walton and the coaching staff being “soft” on the rookie point guard while also harping on how they were using the Lonzo Ball in the fourth quarter.
The previous lack of a response from the organization seemed to feed into speculation about Walton’s future. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, president of the coaches’ association, called the reporting of LaVar Ball’s comments a disgrace and came to Walton’s defense. Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich also defended Walton.
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