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

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

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.

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". The rookie's father has a habit of providing outrageous quotes to get attention, and the team also had a meeting with the parent earlier in the season about toning down criticism centered on the coach and the team. While the Lakers point guard doesn't believe Walton has lost the locker room, he didn't exactly put his foot down in an attempt to defend his coach. "I know he's coming to L.A.", Ball said.

"Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that, " the Mavs coach said.

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. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo".

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. "We're going through that now and went through that previous year".

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The rough stretch Walton is referring to was a nightmarish end to December featuring games against the best teams in the National Basketball Association without break. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me.

"The only thing I would say nobody is in the locker room, nobody with these guys every day", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.

"We're going to get back to being a good defensive team no matter what it takes", Walton said.

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.

"We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton told reporters. "They're 100% behind and supporting what we're doing". It's a hard task and if you don't believe it just ask me ...

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