Carlisle rips ESPN article, Lavar Ball issue


08 January, 2018

But LaVar Ball's latest remarks caught the eye of Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the head of the NBA Coaches Association who scolded ESPN for giving Ball a platform.

That's why on Sunday before the Mavericks played NY, he fired back at a story heavily quoting LaVar Ball, the outspoken father Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball, about Lakers' coach Luke Walton's control of the team.

LaVar Ball has consistently violated his pre-draft vow to Magic Johnson that he would not meddle with the team if they picked Lonzo, and that he was playing a character he could flip on and off like a light switch. "They don't want to play for him", Ball told ESPN on Sunday. Get the app and get the game. "Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion that is printed as anything like (it's) legitimate - it erodes the trust we've built with ESPN and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that".

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.

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This isn't the first time LaVar Ball has tried to put a spotlight on Walton's back.

"Luke Walton does not deserve that". Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball].

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", Walton said.

"I'll play for anybody", Ball said. They don't really know what's going on in the overall picture. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me. "It's a good feeling, pretty gratifying coming back from all the rehab and the injuries and a couple setbacks I had along the way to make it to a point where I guess I'm solidified at least for the rest of the seasons it's a cool, nice little, I don't know, point where I guess I can look back and appreciate all the hard work that I had to get to this point". 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.

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