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Luke Walton Jokes He Subbed Lonzo Early Because Of LaVar's Trash Talk

09 January 2018, 02:09 | Andy Ferguson

LaVar Ball has consistently violated his pre-draft vow to Magic Johnson that he would not meddle with the team if they picked Lonzo, and that he was playing a character he could flip on and off like a light switch.

Instead, Lonzo said he has no issue with Walton's status as head coach because ... of Walton's status as head coach?

The comments from Ball were inflammatory towards Walton.

Carlisle, who also serves as president of the NBA's Coaches Association, expressed disappointment in ESPN for running the story, saying that as league partners, coaches make an effort to give the network access and interviews. "I know he's coming to LA", LaVar said.

Ball, father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, made the comments to ESPN from Lithuania, where younger sons LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed to play with Vytautas in the small southern town of Prienai. "We are going to play for him".

"In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches", Carlisle said. "Luke walton is a terrific young coach who's bringing along a young team".

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Yet while Ball's fancy playmaking opened the most eyes, Josh Hart was just as valuable by starting and finishing multiple breaks.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the second-year head coach's job is not in jeopardy.

Lonzo Ball did not seem affected one way or another.

When ESPN's Jeff Goodman asked LaVar-who is now helping his two sons LiAngelo and LaMelo get adjusted to life in Lithuania-his thoughts on the Lakers' recent 9-game losing streak, LaVar responded by taking a shot at Walton. You got a 2 and a 3.

"Get rid of everybody", LaVar Ball told ESPN. And it's a win.

"Nobody's with these guys every day and when they have comments on teams, chemistry, that kind of stuff, they don't really know what's going on in the overall picture", Hornacek said. Rick Carlisle, Luke Walton, and all of the coaches, owners, and players are a lot wealthier because of ESPN's distribution costs. "Yeah, there probably shouldn't be many comments from outside".

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