LaVar Ball stirs controversy with Walton comments

LaVar Ball stirs controversy with Walton comments”

Walton said Friday that he didn't think his job was in jeopardy.

LaVar Ball made the comments in Lithuania, where Lonzo Ball's two younger brothers - LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16 - are now part of a team called BC Prienu Vytautas. "They don't want to play for him", LaVar Ball said. "You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win". "Luke walton is a terrific young coach who's bringing along a young team".

ESPN published an article with quotes from LaVar Ball telling reporter Jeff Goodman that Walton no longer has control of the team and players do not want to play for him. They don't really know what's going on in the overall picture.

To Ball's point, even Walton has confirmed frustrating Julius Randle with his rotations, but the lack of high-fives may be more than just a matter of Walton's coaching acumen.

LaVar Ball has made headlines in the past for, among many other things, insisting that no other team should draft Lonzo Ball except the Lakers, placing a $495 price tag on the sneakers offered by his Big Baller Brand clothing line, saying he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and getting into a rift with President Donald Trump over how LiAngelo Ball was ultimately allowed to return to the US following his shoplifting issue in China.

With a 14-point loss at home, the Lakers have now lost nine games in a row, and 17 of their last 20.

Unfortunately for Luke Walton, he has to hear about it from the father of the Lakers' top draft pick. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued.

"I'm fine with it".

"You would be lying to say that there are guys that are not frustrated on this team", Andrew Bogut told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk during a December ESPN report. "But he knows I am ready to play". Four minutes left in the first quarter, he dunked it, getting in a flow and Coach sits him down.

"ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one", Carlisle said.

As a rookie, Lonzo is averaging 10.1 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds in 32 games, but he's shooting just 35.2 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range.

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