March 24, 2018

Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

08 January 2018, 01:41 | Ken Black

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

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

"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more", he said.

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. They play the last-place Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

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

"As President of the Coaches Association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace quite honestly", Carlisle said.

The Lakers have lost nine straight games. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

Walton said he "would disagree" with the assertion he had lost the locker room.

"That is just his opinion", Lonzo Ball said. "I don't decide who the coach is".

"I'm fine with it". So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

With speculation surrounding the futures of a number of Lakers players, including the likes of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, questions have been raised over the desire of LA's players to help an organisation that will likely trade them away before they get the chance to taste success.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild. I tell him to go get the victory. "And it's our job as coaches, and coaches in the organization to do what's best for our team and our players and we make those decisions based on what we see every single day in the facility and on the court". In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches. "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball)". It's a hard task and if you don't believe it then just as me. "What I love about [Johnson] is just the communication that we have as a family and as friends to fix the situation they're just solutions that we throw off each other".

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