Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Luke Walton handles LaVar Ball jab perfectly with press conference joke


Flamboyant basketball dad LaVar Ball's claim that Luke Walton, coach of the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, has lost the confidence of his players created a stir across the NBA on Sunday.

Lonzo: I'll play for anybody.

Ball continued with his analysis that Walton isn't the right guy for the job.

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).

"You can see that we're having a lot of fun when we play like that", Ball said postgame.

LaVar, who remains in Lithuania with his two youngest boys, LaMelo and LiAngelo, as they prepare to make their professional debuts, has a history of being critical of his sons' coaches. "They don't want to play for him". I can see it.

Yes, ESPN is a league partner but they pay about $1.4 billion a year to air the league's games.


Carlisle, who serves as president of the NBA's Coaches Association, argued that ESPN should consider its sources and determine if they have any merit or are simply "blowhard loudmouths".

But the outburst was about so much more than the long ball, as the Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak with one of their most efficient scoring nights in recent memory.

"It was the kind of night that the Lakers envisioned when they drafted Lonzo Ball second overall this summer", the report on the team's official website read. You got a 2 and a 3.

"Earlier this year I would've took it to the basket, try to draw a foul or force a layup", Ingram said.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said.

Miles Plumlee's layup with 9:24 to play in the first quarter gave Atlanta its biggest lead of the game at 10-8, but the Lakers' offense ignited as they fought back to pull ahead 29-17 after 12 minutes.

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.

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