LaVar Ball: Lakers coach Luke Walton 'doesn't have control' of team

Walton, who said on Friday morning that he is not coaching as if his job is on the line, was asked whether he has received assurances from anyone in Lakers upper management. I just need to get back to playing hard.

"I'll play for anybody", the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.

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But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe.

Asked if he disagrees with the idea that he's lost the locker room, Walton responded, "I would disagree with that, yes". "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

The Lakers now have lost nine games in a row and 12 of their last 13 overall.

Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with LaVar Ball on November 29, not long after he told a reporter the Lakers coaches were too soft on his son.

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LaVar, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman?that "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". That's all it is.

Lonzo still played well, finishing with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

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

"My only concern with any of it is for Zo [Lonzo]".

"I'm fine with it". Those comments put Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the hard position of both defending his father and his head coach. LaVar being the father of the team's top draft pick makes things a bit different, but he has no control over how the team plays or what moves they make.

Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son. "He was ready to play".

Sunday's story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers. He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.

  • Sonia Alvarado