LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation

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You might expect it from management or former players.

But LaVar Ball seems to think it should be.

LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers "are not playing for Luke no more".

Along with Kuzma having a forgettable performance, the team has a whole didn't do much better. "They don't want to play for him", LaVar Ball said.

But, in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, that side of the ball has suddenly become its biggest problem, as seen in a 108-94 loss to Charlotte.

"We're going to get back to being a good defensive team no matter what it takes", Walton said. 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 has no control".

"He ain't connecting with them anymore. And it's our job as coaches, and coaches in the organization to do what's best for our team and our players and we make those decisions based on what we see every single day in the facility and on the court".

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".

"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me". It doesn't bother me.

For his part, Walton said he was more concerned with his point guard's development than dealing with criticism from the outspoken LaVar.

Lonzo Ball returned to the Lakers lineup on Friday after missing six games with a shoulder injury.

But everyone still is inundated by the latest comments from the father of last season's No. 2 overall pick.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said. "But he knows I am ready to play".

Ball beefing with his sons' coaches isn't new, as he essentially got LaMelo's high school coach at Chino Hills fired after publicly feuding with him. Sat him down. Now game goes from four points to 10 to 15 to 20. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". If he's ready to play, let him play.