Carlisle rips ESPN article, Lavar Ball issue

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Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that.

Had the interview ended at that point, Ball's father would have seemed like a disconnected parent.

"You can see they're not play for Luke no more", Ball's father told ESPN.

The Lakers were playing host to Atlanta on Sunday night, going into the game on a nine-game losing streak. "He's a valuable member of this team and we look forward to him continuing his successful play for the remainder of the season".

"Nobody wants to play for him", Ball added.

Yes, ESPN is a league partner but they pay about $1.4 billion a year to air the league's games.

"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.

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Ball believes the issue is that Walton is "too young" and is unable to connect with his players, basing this statement on everyone's body language. He ain't connecting with them anymore.

LaVar Ball made the comments in Lithuania, where Lonzo Ball's two younger brothers - LiAngelo Ball, 19, and LaMelo Ball, 16 - are now part of a team called BC Prienu Vytautas. "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.

Walton said that he pulled Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (zero points in 20 minutes) early on because of an uncharacteristically poor attention to defense.

Ball, who was up at 5 a.m. local time Saturday to watch his son Lonzo Ball in his first game back with the Lakers since suffering a sprained shoulder on December 23, expressed his frustration with Walton in an exclusive interview with ESPN.

"Get rid of everybody", LaVar Ball told ESPN.

"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. If he's ready to play, let him play. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions", LaVar said.

The Lakers point guard is shooting 35.2% from the field, the worst shooting percentage of any regular starter in the National Basketball Association.