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What a shocker. The Lakers‘ season is spiraling out of control (nine straight losses) and outspoken helicopter dad LaVar Ball is here to pour more gasoline on the fire. ESPN, of course, gave LaVar the platform to take aim at head coach Luke Walton, stating that “nobody wants to play for him” in an exclusive interview from Lithuania:
“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said from a spa resort in Birstonas, where he is staying while his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, get ready to make their professional debuts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”
“That’s a good team,” he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games. “Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player.”
Here’s another thought: players on the team who aren’t Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, or Brandon Ingram know they are going to be shipped out in the near future (so the team can make their run at LeBron and Paul George) and no longer give a damn.
In a total shocker, LaVar also criticized Luke’s handling of Lonzo’s minutes:
“Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted,” Ball said. “He was ready to play. Four minutes left in the first quarter, he dunked it, getting in a flow and Coach sits him down. Sat him down. Now game goes from four points to 10 to 15 to 20. I don’t know what they’re doing. If he’s ready to play, let him play. Don’t try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions.”
Clearly on a warpath to get Luke canned, he also claims Luke wouldn’t be the right man for the job even if LeBron comes over.
Fun times in Lakerland!