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

Lawrence Cooper
January 8, 2018

When it was pointed out to him that it wasn't usually starting point guards, but 13th or 14th players on the roster, who were sweating the deadline, he said, "I don't know what number I am on the list either".

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon.

The Lakers did not immediately make available general manager Rob Pelinka, who attended their Sunday morning shootaround at Staples Center.

LaVar essentially ran former Chino Hills High School head coach Stephan Gilling out of town with constant nagging and criticism about how he was running the team and coaching the Ball brothers.

Walton said that he pulled Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (zero points in 20 minutes) early on because of an uncharacteristically poor attention to defense.

"The only thing I would say nobody is in the locker room, nobody with these guys every day", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We talk all the time. They're 100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing".

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LaVar Ball became one of the loudest members of the sports world during Lonzo's days at UCLA, and his vocal tirade has continued through his son's rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

And now LaVar Ball is talking again. During the meeting they asked for a more positive tone from LaVar Ball.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball told ESPN. If you don't believe it, just ask me. That's all it is.

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. He played 27 minutes in his return, but LaVar was displeased with Walton's substitution patterns. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all".

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.

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