The Lakers always knew that LaVar Ball would be impossible to ignore, but the Big Baller’s most recent criticism of Lakers head coach Luke Walton sparked a massive controversy after Ball said the team didn’t want to play for the 37-year-old coach.
In an interview with ESPN from Lithuania, LaVar Ball said that he believes “Luke doesn’t have control of the team,” and that Walton is too young – though Ball also clarified that he has no inside knowledge of the Lakers’ organization.
A number of NBA coaches were furious that ESPN published and featured Ball’s comments prominently, including Rick Carlisle and Stan Van Gundy, who threatened to quit participating in interviews in games televised by ESPN. Reggie Miller, meanwhile, suggested that Magic Johnson should threaten to trade away Lonzo Ball in order to silence his father.
On Friday, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst told Rich Eisen that according to his sources the Lakers do not, in fact, support Luke Walton unconditionally and floated the idea the Lakers may go after former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale if they want to impress LeBron James.
Curiously, on Saturday, Lakers owner and CEO Jeanie Buss announced that she’s headed to Memphis to eat barbecue with Walton and GM Rob Pelinka, and attached the hashtag #InLukeWeTrust.
The Lonzo Ball era is only getting started in Los Angeles, and it’s already off the rails.
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