Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton Respond to LaVar Ball's Comments

Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton Respond to LaVar Ball's Comments

"I coach as if it's not".

"He's a grown man", Ball said of his father's comments following the Lakers' shootaround at Staples Center.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball told ESPN's Jeff Goodman, in a report published Sunday morning. Kuzma and this young squad will try again to snap the ugly skid on Sunday when they play host to another struggling team in the Atlanta Hawks.

Dick Vitale, the longtime ESPN college basketball personality, has decided it is not awesome, baby, to hold up a microphone every time the most overbearing parent in sports opens his mouth. LaVar Ball was in Lithuania with LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball when he made these comments - the Lakers can't stop that. Still, anyone who's paid even semi attention to Ball over the a year ago isn't surprised.

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. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all". I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room].

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

Vitale was less jarred by Ball making life miserable for his son Lonzo, who plays under Walton, than he was by his own company for enabling him.

"I would hope not, but it doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said of the coaching staff. "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". My only concern with any of it is for [Lonzo Ball].

LaVar stayed as silent as he could, but then he chose to renew his one-sided rivalry with the Lakers head coach while in Lithuania. I tell him to go get the victory. You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win. "We talk all the time".

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