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

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Lakers' Lonzo Ball on whether he likes Luke Walton as a coach: 'I'll play for anybody'
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09 January, 2018

Everyone can hate it all they want but LaVar Ball has proven himself to be newsworthy - if he weren't, Carlisle wouldn't be bothering to talk about him.

LaVar Ball made the comments in Lithuania, where Lonzo Ball's two younger brothers - LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16 - are now part of a team called BC Prienu Vytautas.

While everything seems to be falling apart for the young team led by a young coach, the team will not even consider showing Walton the door.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball said.

Luke Walton has been feeling the heat recently, but thankfully for us, he's coping with a terrific sense of humor.

The Lakers went into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks on a 9-game losing streak.

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).

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Longtime ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale wrote on Twitter that Ball totally aggravates me more than any other personality in my 39 yrs and lamented that media outlets "enable him to scream his absurd opinions by providing a forum for him".

Lonzo: I'll play for anybody.

Ball - who has been the engine behind the Lakers' league-leading pace - was at the heart of this with his across-the-floor playmaking and 3-point shooting.

That was just way too far for Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, who proceeded to blast ESPN for posting the article and giving LaVar Ball a platform to speak these things.

Ball continued with his analysis that Walton isn't the right guy for the job. He responded by saying he did it because LaVar "was taking sh*t". Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. You can't get more championships.

"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", Carlisle said before Sunday's game against the New York Knicks.


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