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

Marsha Scott
January 8, 2018

You might expect it from management or former players.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild.

Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, "I don't think so".

In an interview with ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Ball expressed some issues with Walton, including his age, his control of the team and the idea of him coaching either LeBron James or Paul George should either made a decision to come to the Lakers this offseason. If he's ready to play, let him play.

According to ESPN, the Lakers also tied for the longest home losing streak of nine games in franchise history.

The Lakers are not a good team.

"Nobody wants to play for him".

"I don't see that our players aren't playing hard", Walton responded to Ball's father's comments.

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Lonzo only shot 8 times throughout the game, but knocked down 4 shots, including three 3-pointers as he poured in 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in the loss. "I don't know what they're doing". He's too young. He's too young ...

"He ain't connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued.

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. "Playing like garbage. Something I need to address and fix". It doesn't bother me.

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

LaVar also said Lonzo "looked disgusted" during a Friday loss to the Charlotte Hornets and criticized the Lakers for putting a minutes restriction on his son even though it was his first game since December 23 because of a shoulder injury.

"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".

Ball beefing with his sons' coaches isn't new, as he essentially got LaMelo's high school coach at Chino Hills fired after publicly feuding with him. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions", LaVar said.

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

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