As for Lonzo, he insisted his father's comments don't disrupt the locker room but wouldn't elaborate on whether or not he was happy with Walton as the team's coach.
It would be interesting to find out who LaVar Ball thinks should coach the Lakers, but he'd more than likely say himself. And while Carlisle may view the network as a "partner" with the National Basketball Association, the fact of the matter is ESPN pays billions per year to broadcast the league. Rather, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle chastised ESPN for running the piece in the first place. It erodes the trust that we built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset.
He also defended Walton by bringing up the 24-0 start the 2015-16 Warriors got off to when Luke was an interim coach as Steve Kerr rehabbed his back.
"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball explained from a spa resort in Birstonas.
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"No I don't", Walton said. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo. As I preach to my players control what you can control in life, that's gotta be my philosophy as well".
This isn't the first time LaVar Ball has tried to put a spotlight on Walton's back. "People don't know why they're in the game", the bombastic father continued.
"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", Carlisle said prior to Dallas's game against the Knicks.
Lonzo Ball did not seem affected one way or another. Never mind that Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and Walton have both brushed this off. LaVar Ball was in Lithuania with LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball when he made these comments - the Lakers can't stop that. "Just kidding", Walton added.
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For the most part, Lonzo offered some boring cliches and platitudes about how his dad is going to speak his mind and it doesn't really affect anything in regards to the team (which absolutely can not be true). "They don't want to play for him".
"Y do we chase LaVar Ball?" "Give him LeBron and Gelo".
The NBA doesn't get to decide what ESPN reports any more than the network gets to decide playoff matchups. And it's a win. I don't know what they're doing.
"Nobody's with these guys every day and when they have comments on teams, chemistry, that kind of stuff, they don't really know what's going on in the overall picture", Hornacek said.
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