Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton Respond to LaVar Ball's Comments

Arnold Nichols
January 8, 2018

Walton got the Lakers' coaching job after being the interim coach with Golden State two years back when Steve Kerr had back surgery.

Hornacek gave his two cents on Ball's remarks.

Walton said the comments didn't concern him, as long as they didn't adversely affect his player.

Clearly, LaVar is a father who wants to have input on how his sons are coached, who they play with, and what they do on the court.

Even with starting point guard Lonzo Ball back in the lineup after an 11-day injury absence, the Lakers (11-27) simply couldn't hit shots to begin the game, which bled into their defense. "Luke Walton is a terrific young coach who is bringing along a young team, and it's a hard task".

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. People don't know why they're in the game. "Nobody wants to play for him".

LaVar stayed as silent as he could, but then he made a decision to renew his one-sided rivalry with the Lakers head coach while in Lithuania. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player".

Ball didn't specify why he believes winning a championship with the Lakers would be so important for LeBron's legacy, but he said adding James to a team that includes his sons Lonzo and LiAngelo would be an automatic recipe for a title.

The Lakers went into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks on a nine-game losing streak.

"Luke Walton does not deserve that".

"I'm fine with it". His father wasn't happy with Walton's usage of the No. 2 overall pick against Charlotte.

"You would be lying to say that there are guys that are not frustrated on this team", Andrew Bogut told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk during a December ESPN report. "He was ready to play".

"Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions", he said.

"No, I'm saying they should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity".

As a rookie, Lonzo is averaging 10.1 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds in 32 games, but he's shooting just 35.2 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range.

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