Mavericks coach destroys ESPN 'disgrace' over LaVar Ball

Adjust Comment Print

"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", he said.

"I'm saying they should look at their sources and do a better job of determining if their sources have any merit or any validity or are they just blow-hard loud mouths", he said. And in exchange for that they should back up the coaches. "Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion that is printed as anything like (it's) legitimate - it erodes the trust we've built with ESPN and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that". It erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN.

This is hardly LaVar's first time taking shots at Luke and the coaching staff.

The Lakers have lost nine games in a row and have fallen to 11-27 on the season.

The Big Baller Brand founder has been outspoken about his opposition toward Lakers coach Luke Walton, and in his latest verbal outpouring, the Ball patriarch claimed Walton has lost the locker room.

It was less than a month ago that the Lakers brass met with Ball about toning down criticism of Walton, the Lakers and how the franchise was handling Lonzo Ball, who returned Friday after missing six games with a sprained left shoulder. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo".


Lonzo Ball did not seem affected one way or another.

There was no immediate comment on the affair from Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, but Walton said he had spoken to club executives. "He's not going to change".

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments.

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

The story from ESPN writer Jeff Goodman, datelined out of Lithuania where Ball's other sons are playing professionally, appeared on its digital platform and Carlisle was asked about it.

Carlisle was upset that ESPN would even give a platform to Ball. "It slowly felt like we started to lose that, and we got more concerned with the offensive end than the defensive end". And it's a win. "I don't know what they're doing". The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me.

Comments