Rick Carlisle fires back against LaVar Ball's comments

Rick Carlisle fires back against LaVar Ball's comments

In the world of sports, LaVar Ball is one of a kind. UCLA tried and failed.

During the losing streak, the Lakers held a team meeting to air out their issues with players voicing their frustrations about everything from how some players were being used to the direction of the team and how management is focused on next summer and landing two star free agents.

Walton also shared that he planned to speak to Johnson, who is the Lakers President of Basketball Operations, after practice, as the Lakers' organization has been mum on supporting its coach while he's been taking heat from the outspoken parent of his rookie point guard. A few days back, the elder Ball called out Lakers' coach Luke Walton, claiming the team doesn't want to play for him.

The circus that surrounds LaVar Ball has moved past Westwood and into, of all places, Lithuania, where Ball organized a plan for his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, to play hoops professionally oversees.

His double-double was the ninth of his career so far and head coach Luke Walton credited Lonzo for inspiring their win over the Kings as he got his teammates involved with some impressive playmaking. "I've talked to people in the media this year and ask them 'Why do you have to cover that guy?' and they say 'We don't want to, nobody wants too, but our bosses tell us we have too because of the ratings and the readership, '" Kerr said. He doesn't care. Same with media lectures and fan taunts. He won't be the last.

Lonzo is 20 now. Carlisle called Jeff Goodman's story "a disgrace" and suggested that anyone who interviews LaVar Ball should not be credentialed by the National Basketball Association. You're an adult in every way. But that's how it goes when your father can't stop talking. It's called being an adult. When the Lakers almost got into a fight earlier this season, he kept walking rather than bouncing around in support of his teammates. "It's just part of his gig". I just don't love this guy. Walton tried to diffuse the situation with jokes. Amusing line. But what if it becomes true?

On Tuesday, Lonzo Ball had his worst shooting night in more than five weeks.


The younger brother also racked up his share of bricks. Deep down, the man thinks he should be coaching the Lakers. [Klay says], 'Oh, [I'd] have nothing to do with him.' So, no.

Before he started playing so well, the Lakers were believed to be open to a bargain-basement price on Randle, considering even a straight swap with disgruntled and benched Dallas center Nerlens Noel.

That's ridiculous on a lot of levels, not the least of which is that Goodman didn't endorse LaVar Ball's opinions, he simply reported them.

Ball had blithering criticism of Walton as the team's head coach.

Luke Walton had been doing his best to stay above the controversy. Maybe he appreciates his dad trying to push the coach out.

I asked the coach on Tuesday whether there is an "end game" and a "win-win" to be had here. I don't decide who the coach is. "You know how many parents of my players have probably been at home going, 'Why isn't he playing my kid?' And yet, we're sticking a microphone in front of his face because apparently it gets ratings".

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