LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play' for coach Luke Walton

  • LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play' for coach Luke Walton

LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play' for coach Luke Walton

"Luke can come up to me and ask whatever is on his mind", Lonzo Ball said.

LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers "are not playing for Luke no more". It is unclear whether the organization will address LaVar Ball's comments as they relate to their head coach.

Walton got the Lakers' coaching job after being the interim coach with Golden State two years back when Steve Kerr had back surgery. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all". Sunday's story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers. "We are going to play for him".

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.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said.

But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe. He has a player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season and can become a free agent this offseason, which would give him the opportunity to sign with another team and win a championship at a third locale.

"Yeah. We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton said. "They're 100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing".

Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night.

"People don't why they're in the game". Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball].

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach. 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. I can see it.

"I'm fine with it".