The 37-year-old Walton, in his second season as the Lakers head coach, has compile a 37-83 record entering Sunday's game against the Hawks. "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". They play the last-place Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach.
Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making. LaVar thinks they have the talent to be better than that. In this case, the worldwide leader supplied the forum. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".
"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son", he said of the Lakers in November, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
Walton added, "I feel very secure in my job status right now".
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"He is going to speak his mind, he is not going to change", said Lonzo Ball, who says he hasn't spoken to LaVar since his father and two brothers landed in Lithuania, where LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are playing for the pro team Prienu Vytautas.".
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.
Lonzo spoke to the media on Sunday and was asked where he stood on LaVar's comments and if Walton had indeed lost the locker room.
The Lakers have lost nine straight games.
"I would hope not, but it doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said of the coaching staff. In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches. My only concern with any of it is for [Lonzo Ball]. "What I love about [Johnson] is just the communication that we have as a family and as friends to fix the situation they're just solutions that we throw off each other".
"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center.