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

"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", he said. ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one.

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

Walton disagreed with LaVar's latest criticism of the Lakers coach, whose team has lost 12 of its past 13 games. "We're going through that now and we went through it past year".

That's why on Sunday before the Mavericks played NY, he fired back at a story heavily quoting LaVar Ball, the outspoken father Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball, about Lakers' coach Luke Walton's control of the team.

"It was a good conversation", LaVar Ball said the next week.

"I'll play for anybody", the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center. Everyone can hate it all they want but LaVar Ball has proven himself to be newsworthy - if he weren't, Carlisle wouldn't be bothering to talk about him.

"Yeah. We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton said. The elder Ball has said that the Lakers' coaching staff is "soft" and doesn't know how to coach his son, and he expressed his displeasure with how Walton was using his son in the fourth quarter of games. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball].

Walton said Sunday that he was "fine" with LaVar's comments, on one condition.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball told ESPN's Jeff Goodman, in a report published Sunday morning.

When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, "I coach as if it's not" in jeopardy. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. 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.

"I don't see that the players aren't playing hard", he said. Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that.

"I'm fine with it". That is just distractions that we can't let affect us.

Walton, who had spoken prior to Ball, contended that the comments from the parent did not bother him, though he did say the noise coming from Ball's father was "Not ideal".

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