Dick Vitale turns on ESPN for LaVar Ball coverage


You might expect it from management or former players. The noted sports dad spoke with ESPN's Jeff Goodman while overseas in Lithuania about the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach and made a rather damning allegation regarding Walton's ability to exert control over his own team. Kuzma and this young squad will try again to snap the ugly skid on Sunday when they play host to another struggling team in the Atlanta Hawks.

"That's a good team". We are going to play for him.

"I don't see that our players aren't playing hard", Walton responded to Ball's father's comments. No high five's when they come out of the game.

"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son", he said in November, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. "He's too young. He has no control".

"He ain't connecting with them anymore". Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all". It doesn't bother me.

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"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me", Walton said of LaVar Ball's repeated criticism of him.

LaVar also said Lonzo "looked disgusted" during a Friday loss to the Charlotte Hornets and criticized the Lakers for putting a minutes restriction on his son even though it was his first game since December 23 because of a shoulder injury. His father wasn't happy with Walton's usage of the No. 2 overall pick against Charlotte.

"It was a good conversation", LaVar Ball said the next week.

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.

But the biggest issue was defensively, where the Hornets ran wild for three quarters behind Kemba Walker (19 points, four steals), Marvin Williams (16 points) and Dwight Howard (15 points, 10 rebounds). I know our front office and organization, they'll do whatever they have to do on their end of it, but I'm not spending my time trying to figure out what they're all doing about it.