LaVar Ball makes a surprising statement about LeBron James Video

Luke Walton On Why He Benched Lonzo Ball

Luke Walton (l.) joked about LaVar Ball (r.) after an ESPN story broke this weekend where LaVar suggests Walton has lost the team. "They don't want to play for him".

When asked by reporters in Los Angeles on Sunday about his father's statements, Lonzo Ball said: "He's a grown man".

"Get rid of everybody", LaVar Ball told ESPN. "I can't [do] nothing about it".

"Even if you bring in a LeBron or a [Paul] George, he can't coach them guys", Ball said.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle sounded off on an ESPN report Sunday that sourced Lakers' forward Lorenzo Ball's father, Lavar Ball, as stating that Los Angeles coach Luke Walton had "lost the team".

LaVar Ball once promised the Los Angeles Lakers that he would be hands-off with his son Lonzo, but that promise has been broken less than halfway into the season.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said. "We can't control what's on the outside or who is talking on the outside".

Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss tweeted strong support with the hashtag "InLukeWeTrust" on New Year's Eve, and all indications have been that Walton's job security is not an issue.

Not about LaVar Ball's comments, mind you.

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"That's when we're at our best", coach Luke Walton said.

That measure certainly would take away (or limit) Ball's platform and prevent him from meddling in the Lakers' affairs.

Walton said he disagreed with the comments after Sunday's shootaround and received support from other National Basketball Association coaches, including Dallas' Rick Carlisle, who publicly criticized ESPN for publishing the interview.

"He is going to speak his mind".

Walton's comments refer to LaVar, Lonzo's father and human loudspeaker, who claimed in an interview with ESPN on Sunday that the Lakers have given up on their head coach. "I think today we had a little bit more energy, a little more rhythm to our game, and it looked to like we were confident in everything we did". "Nobody wants to play for [Walton}".

The rookie replied, "That's just his opinion".

Those comments, plus the lengths to which ESPN literally went to acquire them, were too much to bear for Vitale, who took to Twitter to vent his own frustrations. I can see it. "As long as 'Zo is fine with it, and 'Zo can come in and play, and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all". Three of the Lakers' top six scorers are in the past year of their contracts, and about 90 percent of the population of LA knows the team wants to sign Paul George and LeBron James this summer.

Walton, meanwhile, continues to brush off and make light of Ball's criticism. "My only concern with any of it is for 'Zo".