Lonzo Ball Has Cryptic Response To LaVar Ball Thrashing Luke Walton


"It's a good feeling, pretty gratifying coming back from all the rehab and the injuries and a couple setbacks I had along the way to make it to a point where I guess I'm solidified at least for the rest of the seasons it's a cool, nice little, I don't know, point where I guess I can look back and appreciate all the hard work that I had to get to this point".

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

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team was in Dallas to face the Mavericks and Carlisle on Sunday, suggested that LaVar Ball doesn't know enough about the inner workings of National Basketball Association locker rooms to make conclusions on the coaching process.

Walton said Friday that he didn't think his job was in jeopardy. Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship. "We talk all the time".

In a move that's become entirely predictable, LaVar Ball took another shot at the Los Angeles Lakers, who are now mired in a nine-game losing streak.

And now LaVar Ball is talking again.

I've said this before in other pieces, but can not stress the importance of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka setting a clear role for this young core, if any - even if that means everyone except Lonzo Ball taking a back seat for a superstar.

Asked if he disagrees with the idea that he's lost the locker room, Walton responded, "I would disagree with that, yes". That's all it is. "Yeah, there probably shouldn't be many comments from outside".

A few days after the meeting, LaVar took part in a radio interview on Sirius XM in which he criticized Walton's rotations, especially Lonzo's low minutes in fourth quarters.

"It doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo".

LaVar may not have approved of Lonzo's minutes, but the rookie played well with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals behind 4-of-8 shooting from the field. While Ball's criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don't fire coaches because a player's father complains.

"Luke can come up to me and ask whatever is on his mind", Lonzo Ball said. "He was ready to play".

"That's how we're going to win games", Ball said. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it.