Thursday, 18 January, 2018

LaVar Ball Torched Luke Walton For Having 'No Control' Over The Lakers

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Cassandra Gardner | 08 January, 2018, 01:42

The 37-year-old Walton, in his second season as the Lakers head coach, has compile a 37-83 record entering Sunday's game against the Hawks.

Speaking from a resort in Birstonas, where his youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are preparing to make their professional debuts for Lithuanian franchise Prienu Vytautas, LaVar told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that "Luke [Walton] doesn't have control of the team no more". We're going through that now. Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that.

Walton said Sunday that he was "fine" with LaVar's comments, on one condition. It is unclear whether the organization will address LaVar Ball's comments as they relate to their head coach. In this case, the worldwide leader supplied the forum. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

The Lakers point guard is shooting 35.2% from the field, the worst shooting percentage of any regular starter in the National Basketball Association.

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

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"Luke can come up to me and ask whatever is on his mind", Lonzo Ball said. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here". I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room].

Walton disagreed with LaVar's latest criticism of the Lakers coach, whose team has lost 12 of its past 13 games.

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. "I've said all along there's always parents, and parents are going to get mad at things, that's what they do". I can see it.

"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management. "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball)".

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center. "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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