"Somewhere LaVar is laughing at all of us".
I suppose you could make the argument that this is all entertainment, and if the public wants to enjoy the train wreck, the sports media should indulge it. It's just 'Can we make it really interesting.' For no apparent reason.
Following the game, head coach Luke Walton voiced much praise toward Ball impacting the game in more than just his scoring and passing.
The coach said he understands media criticism of coaches, but doesn't appear to be a fan of it coming out of the mouth of a player's father. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions". There is nothing interesting about that story.
The rookie forward said that he took issue with the idea that the team quit on Walton and confidently added, "We stand by Luke".
"Kuzma sums things up perfectly with the very last quote in the ESPN article, in which he states "... the people that really matter are the people in the Lakers organization". I don't know who cares, but people must care or ESPN wouldn't be spending whatever they're spending.
Walton had to juggle lineups and rotations with injuries to starters such as Ball, Brook Lopez and Ingram while also having to deal with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not being allowed to play out of California due to legal restrictions stemming from a plea agreement out of his March arrest under suspicion of drunk driving. People like Ethan Strauss and Marc Stein are getting laid off.
The Lakers are now in the midst of a nine-game losing streak that has dropped them to the cellar of the Western Conference. And in this case, I believe in Lonzo's eyes Luke Walton declared war on him early on and burned that bridge to the ground. "He's one of my best friends".
This is the world we live in. He shouldn't have to deal with this, but to me one of the things about the National Basketball Association is it's always been a haven from the parents, right? High school and AAU coaches got nowhere. "I'm sure most of us love playing for him, too".
Maybe, for once, LaVar Ball will listen. Magic Johnson, the Magic Johnson has to say that.
LaVar Ball's words are still dominating the news cycle all the way from Lithuania. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. That changed once the season started, prompting the Lakers' front office to meet with LaVar Ball about toning down his rhetoric. He's handling it great. "He's doing all he can".
The reason we care about what people like Kerr say is because of the position they hold and the credibility they've gained through the experience in their careers. "It's been going on for many, many years and it's really invading the sports world".
"This is not a ESPN judgment".