Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

Several hours later, Walton disagreed with that assessment and Lonzo Ball was left to connect he dots.

However when asked whether he enjoyed Walton as a coach, Lonzo did little to stem the speculation, simply answering: "I'll play for anybody".

"I don't see that the players aren't playing hard", Walton said.

Despite the fact that he said he didn't have a problem with his coaching earlier this season, he clearly does.

It is unclear whether the organization will address LaVar Ball's comments as they relate to their head coach.

"Yeah. We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton said.

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. I don't know what they're doing.

"That's a good team", he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games.

Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with LaVar Ball on November 29, not long after he told a reporter the Lakers coaches were too soft on his son.

"You can see that they're not playing for Luke (Walton) no more", Ball expressed to ESPN. That's all it is. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

Lonzo still played well, finishing with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

"My only concern with any of it is for Zo", he said. "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". LaVar Ball was in Lithuania with LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball when he made these comments - the Lakers can't stop that.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild. "He was ready to play. That is all I do, is play".

The Lakers met with Ball last month, asking him to tone down his attacks of Walton, requests that apparently did not take. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who's also the head of the coaches association, was less than pleased.

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