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

The noted sports dad spoke with ESPN's Jeff Goodman while overseas in Lithuania about the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach and made a rather damning allegation regarding Walton's ability to exert control over his own team.

Lonzo Ball also said, "I'll play for anybody", when the rookie point guard was asked whether he is fine with Walton as his coach.?

One wonders if Carlisle is more upset with Ball, or ESPN.

"We let the fact that we missed shots early in the game impact our energy", coach Luke Walton said. "I just know they'll take care of it".

An ESPN reporter at the press conference then asked if Carlisle was suggesting ESPN write articles based on whether it would appease coaches.

"ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one". But he believes stories quoting the father of a player could hurt some of the trust that has built up between the two entities.

According to Ball - whose youngest son, Lonzo, is the Lakers' starting point guard - Walton no longer possesses the ability to control his team, and his players no longer want to play for him anymore.

"You can see that they're not playing for Luke (Walton) no more", Ball expressed to ESPN. "They don't want to play for him", Ball told ESPN on Sunday.

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", Walton said.

When he was questioned whether he was implying ESPN should only write to please the coaches he said, "They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths". That team won the first 24 games of the season and 39-4 under Walton's guidance.

But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe. "To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable". "Or are they just blowhard loudmouths?" Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship.

Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday.

"Nobody is in the locker room, nobody is with these guys every day". 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. "So when they have comments on teams, chemistry, that kind of stuff, they don't really know what's going on in the overall picture", Hornacek said. So yeah, they probably shouldn't be making any comments from the outside.

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