Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton Respond to LaVar Ball's Comments

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma

Ball did little to put out the fire heating up Walton's seat by refusing to outwardly endorse his coach with his father's comments freshly floating about and with the Lakers on a nine-game losing streak and struggling to compete on a nightly basis. Carlisle added many coaches "are upset" at ESPN, saying it has now "eroded trust".

"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", he said. "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". It's a hard task and if you don't believe it just ask me ... We went through it a year ago.

This comes despite ESPN's December reports that LaVar was asked by the Lakers front office to tone down his criticisms of the head coach.

"Derek was a great defender who was one of the best point guards in Mavericks history", Carlisle said. But part of that partnership is that the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things.

"Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can't coach them guys". "Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion - that is printed as anything like legitimate - erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN".

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While in Lithuania with his two youngest sons, LaVar Ball sounded off about the Lakers head coach and former Warriors assistant coach. LaVar, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman?that "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more".

ESPN has a love-hate relationship with the outspoken father, having taking shots at him and using him for clicks any chance they get. Walton, who said on Friday morning that he is not coaching as if his job is on the line, was asked whether he has received assurances from anyone in Lakers upper management. That team won the first 24 games of the season and 39-4 under Walton's guidance. "To have to deal with these kind of ignorant distractions is deplorable".

A Dallas-based reporter from ESPN questioned Carlisle's reaction, telling him it's not its job to please the coaches.

"You have my quote", Carlisle responded. "They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths". Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship.

The Lakers did not immediately make available general manager Rob Pelinka, who attended their Sunday morning shootaround at Staples Center.

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