It erodes the trust we've built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset.
LaVar Ball's comments on Walton overshadowed many other storylines in the same piece, including his prediction that LiAngelo Ball will play for the Lakers next season - and that LeBron James will leave Cleveland and join them.
"But, part of that partnership is that coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kind of things, and in exchange for that they should back up the coaches", he continued. "They don't want to play for him", LaVar Ball said. Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion, that's printed as anything that's legitimate, erodes trust.
"That's how we're going to win games", Ball said.
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This is hardly LaVar's first time taking shots at Luke and the coaching staff. Two years ago, he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an wonderful accomplishment.
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. Off of that, he earned that Laker job. That's what I'm saying.
Carlisle said that didn't mean the sports media behemoth should run news based on what coaches will like. "To have to deal to deal with these kind of ignorant distractions is deplorable". "I don't know what they're doing". They've gone from looking like a scrappy team to a night off at this point in the season and they won't be keeping their draft pick this summer.
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. "I don't decide who the coach is". The Lakers still have not recovered from that brutal stretch, as the team has lost 11 of its last 12 games and has fallen from being an outside contender for the playoffs to the worst record in the Western Conference.