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

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is getting used to dealing with criticism from LaVar Ball.

Those comments put Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the hard position of both defending his father and his head coach.

Again, Ball refused to endorse his coach: "My job is to play basketball. They're 100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing". I mean, he's our head coach.

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. Give him LeBron and [LiAngelo]. If he's ready to play, let him play.

Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.

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.

"That is just his opinion". So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

With a current record of 11-27, the Lakers are dead last in the NBA's Western Conference standings. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

Walton said Sunday that he was "fine" with LaVar's comments, on one condition.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild.

First, he complained the coaching staff was too "soft" and now he's complaining about Ball's minutes and Walton's rotations, saying Lonzo Ball was "disgusted" when he was pulled out of the first quarter with four minutes to go.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center. "I've said all along there's always parents, and parents are going to get mad at things, that's what they do". Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship. "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those. I know he's coming to L.A.", LaVar told ESPN.

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