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

by Leon Thompson January 8, 2018, 0:51
LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

If he's ready to play, let him play.

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

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.

Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here". "I coach as if it's not".

"It was a good conversation", LaVar Ball said the next week.

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The Lakers are on a nine-game losing streak, and losing has often brought about LaVar Ball's public critiques.

When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, "I coach as if it's not" in jeopardy.

"He is going to speak his mind, he is not going to change", Lonzo said."... So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. He's targeting Luke Walton as the issue once again, saying the Lakers' young coach has lost his locker room, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman. LaVar wasn't done with Walton, though. Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship.

Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this.

"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management. My only concern with any of it is for [Lonzo Ball]. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". "Gr8 teacher & role model / if u don't like a situation just QUIT take ball & blame everyone / @ LukeWalton has more CLASS & HOOPS knowledge on his pinkie than LaVar!"

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