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

Aaron Brown
January 8, 2018

Several hours later, Walton disagreed with that assessment and Lonzo Ball was left to connect he dots.

"We let the fact that we missed shots early in the game impact our energy", coach Luke Walton said.

Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this.

Again, Ball refused to endorse his coach: "My job is to play basketball. I don't decide who coaches".

Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, "I don't think so".

But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe.

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. "We talk all the time. I know he's coming to L.A.", LaVar told ESPN.

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Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with LaVar Ball on November 29, not long after he told a reporter the Lakers coaches were too soft on his son.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball told Goodman at a spa resort in Birstonas, Lithuania. That's all it is. "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".

Lonzo still played well, finishing with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

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

"My only concern with any of it is for Zo [Lonzo]".

Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday. The Lakers point guard said that when his father criticizes Walton, he does not feel the need to reach out to his head coach.

"He's going to speak his mind". "But he knows I am ready to play".

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