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


"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". We are going to play for him. We are going to play for him. "And it's our job as coaches, and coaches in the organization to do what's best for our team and our players and we make those decisions based on what we see every single day in the facility and on the court". No high fives when they come out of the game. He ain't connecting with them anymore.

LeBron James is a three-time NBA champion, four-time league MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP, but LaVar Ball thinks there is only one way the King can overtake Michael Jordan as the best player in league history-join his son in Los Angeles and win a title.

Since starting the year positively; going 8-10 through their first 18 games, the Lakers have since struggled, and now sit in the last spot in the West with a record of 11-27.

"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.

When asked about his father, Lonzo was his usual even-tempered self, telling reporters: "He's a grown man".

Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son. "I can't [do] nothing about it".

"My job is to play basketball". I mean, he's our head coach.

Lonzo spoke to the media on Sunday and was asked where he stood on LaVar's comments and if Walton had indeed lost the locker room.

It was less than a month ago that the Lakers brass met with Ball about toning down criticism of Walton, the Lakers and how the franchise was handling Lonzo Ball, who returned Friday after missing six games with a sprained left shoulder.

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

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

Lonzo Ball said he just focuses on playing basketball and that he has told Walton before that his father's comments don't affect him.



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