LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play for' Luke Walton

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According to Ball - whose youngest son, Lonzo, is the Lakers' starting point guard - Walton no longer possesses the ability to control his team, and his players no longer want to play for him anymore.

To hear LaVar tell it, there are a few moves they need to make to ensure a championship.

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.

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments. "And our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that".

"Nobody wants to play for him", Ball added.

He clarified what he meant by ESPN's role in backing up the coaches meant.

"I'll play for anybody", Ball said.

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"As President of the Coaches Association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace quite honestly", Carlisle said.

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", Walton said. If you don't believe it, just ask me. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.

"My job is to play basketball", Ball said when asked about having a preference for playing for certain coaches. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. I don't know what they're doing. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". He has coached me his whole life.

Lonzo Ball, who missed six games with the injury, finished with 11 points and five assists in 27 minutes in the Lakers' 108-94 loss to Charlotte. That is just distractions that we can't let affect us.

Walton said he "would disagree" with the assertion he had lost the locker room. "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things".

LeBron James is a three-time NBA champion, four-time league MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP, but LaVar Ball thinks there is only one way the King can overtake Michael Jordan as the best player in league history-join his son in Los Angeles and win a title.

"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management.

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