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Dick Vitale turns on ESPN for LaVar Ball coverage

Dick Vitale turns on ESPN for LaVar Ball coverage

He has coached me his whole life.

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

LaVar, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman?that "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". If he's ready to play, let him play.

But the focus moving forward is all on one side of the ball.

Walton, who had spoken prior to Ball, contended that the comments from the parent did not bother him, though he did say the noise coming from Ball's father was "Not ideal". Still, anyone who's paid even semi attention to Ball over the a year ago isn't surprised.

The Lakers met with Ball last month, asking him to tone down his attacks of Walton, requests that apparently did not take.

The Lakers are on a nine-game losing streak, and losing has often brought about LaVar Ball's public critiques.

Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this. We are going to play for him.

He also pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills partially because LaVar asked new coach Dennis Latimore to add four new players to their roster to play with his son and Latimore refused to do so. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

Lonzo spoke to the media on Sunday and was asked where he stood on LaVar's comments and if Walton had indeed lost the locker room.

"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me", Walton said of the criticism.

Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making. "They're 100% behind and supporting what we're doing". "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those". You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win.

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