LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

  • LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

Twice in one evening, Lakers coach Luke Walton found a pretty neat response to LaVar Ball's goading all the way from Lithuania. "Part of that partnership is the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things, and in exchange for that, they should back up the coaches".

Ball, who was up at 5 a.m. local time Saturday to watch his son Lonzo Ball in his first game back with the Lakers since suffering a sprained shoulder on December 23, expressed his frustration with Walton in an exclusive interview with ESPN. "Just kidding", Walton added.

The Lakers find themselves in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and frustrations have been boiling over repeatedly this season. "I know he's coming to LA", LaVar said. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo".

"I'll play for anybody". "His dad was talking s*** so I took him out early", he told Bill Oram of SoCal News Group.

"They're all on the same idea of it's our job as coaches to coach our teams and not be concerned with parents and what other people outside the organization think", Walton said.

The Lakers have, so far, stood by their coach, with reports indicating they aren't even considering letting go of Walton.

Lonzo Ball did not seem affected one way or another.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said. "He's not going to change".

Though the team has been faltering in year two under Walton, they have dealt with injuries and are still remarkably young. He pulled his son, LaMelo, from his high school in Chino Hills prior to the start of the season because of problems with first-year coach Dennis Latimore.

Calling out Walton is just the latest in an ongoing series of sagas. With six of their last seven losses coming by double-digits, there have been questions regarding Luke Walton and if he has lost the team. You can't get more championships.

The 30th overall pick fired a couple outlet passes, ran a smooth give-and-go with Ball, and got some buckets himself with a pair of rushes to the rim. And it's a win. The Lakers are, statistically and intangibly, a better team with Ball in the lineup. "We are going to play for him". "Yeah, there probably shouldn't be many comments from outside".