Here we go again, loud mouth LaVar Ball has claimed that Luke Walton, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, has ‘lost the team.’
He was at a spa resort in Birstonas, Lithuania, and was up bright and early watching his son Lonzo play in his first game for the Lakers since he suffered a sprained shoulder playing for the team on December 23rd. Talking to ESPN, Ball showed his frustration with the way coach Walton was handling the team.
“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said: “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”
He is with his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, who are about to make their debuts as professional with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas, and had the following to say:
“That’s a good team,” talking about LA, who have a run of nine straight loses. “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.”
It’s an ongoing feud that LaVar Ball has had with the Lakers coach, and has even gone to task with youngest son LaMelo’s Chino Hills High coach Dennis Latimore. Notice a trend here?
Ball said of his son’s return to the Lakers: “Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted,” adding: “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.”
Offering his ‘inside knowledge Lavar Ball stated that megastar LeBron James, who by the way, has never met, will be playing for the Lakers and will arrive as early as this offseason when James becomes a free agent.
He said: “LeBron’s coming to L.A. I know he’s coming to L.A.,” Ball said. “LeBron is not a fool. What’s the only way he can beat Jordan? You can’t get more championships. Only one way, to say every team I’ve gone to I’ve won a championship. Go to Lakers and win a championship, then you’re better than Jordan.
“You can’t give my son the best player in the league, and don’t expect them not to win. Get rid of everybody. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. You got a 2 and a 3. And it’s a win. It’s a wrap. “
Ball’s distain for coach Walton shows no sign of slowing up, and he thinks that even with one of the greatest players in the history of the game in James, Walton still isn’t the right man for the job. There’s no pleasing some folks.