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

08 January, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Even with starting point guard Lonzo Ball back in the lineup after an 11-day injury absence, the Lakers (11-27) simply couldn't hit shots to begin the game, which bled into their defense.

LaVar essentially ran former Chino Hills High School head coach Stephan Gilling out of town with constant nagging and criticism about how he was running the team and coaching the Ball brothers. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.

Ball was asked directly if he likes Walton as his head coach.

Asked if he disagrees with the idea that he's lost the locker room, Walton responded, "I would disagree with that, yes".

"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.

"He is going to speak his mind, he is not going to change", said Lonzo Ball, who says he hasn't spoken to LaVar since his father and two brothers landed in Lithuania, where LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are playing for the pro team Prienu Vytautas.".

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Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday.

"That is just his opinion".

"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me. They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making.

"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. LaVar wasn't done with Walton, though.

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", he said. I tell him to go get the victory. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued. "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those. They're 100% behind and supporting what we're doing".

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