Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism


The comments from Ball were inflammatory towards Walton.

"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more", he said. We are going to play for him.

Ball made the comments from Lithuania, where he was recently mobbed upon arriving. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me. "I can't [do] nothing about it".

Criticizing Lonzo's coaching staff is nothing new for the opinionated patriarch of the Ball family. "I don't decide who coaches".

When your team has lost nine games in a row and finds itself with the worst record in the Western Conference, you're going to face some heat.

"Yeah. We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton said. "They're 100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing". Naturally, a coach, let alone the president of the coaches association, wouldn't be happy about them.

LaVar Ball's latest comments left the No. 2 overall pick having to answer several questions on Sunday morning about the state of the Lakers' locker room and his relationship with Walton. It didn't even take half a season for LaVar, the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, to spout off about his son's coach.

Walton said he "would disagree" with the assertion he had lost the locker room. "Nobody wants to play for him".

"That is just his opinion", Lonzo Ball said. He has coached me his whole life. Thursday was his first game back.

"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son", he said of the Lakers in November, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers "are not playing for Luke no more".

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

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".

Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach. I tell him to go get the victory.

"I don't see that the players aren't playing hard", he said.

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