Carlisle argued that the story that quoted LaVar Ball was "deplorable". I'm going the Lonzo I watched past year at UCLA and the Lonzo I watched this summer in the Summer League.
The Lakers do not appear to know what they want to be right now. While LaVar Ball's latest comments on Luke Walton might have been stretched by the media, the problem isn't all with what he said about players not wanting to play for Luke Walton, but rather the fact that he's still talking. He calls him the Kardashian of the National Basketball Association.
I suppose you could make the argument that this is all entertainment, and if the public wants to enjoy the train wreck, the sports media should indulge it. It doesn't matter if there is anything of substance involved with an issue. It's just 'Can we make it really interesting.' For no apparent reason. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the NBA's Coaches Association, said ESPN should support coaches because of its partnership with the league.
During an interview with John Ourand of SportsBusinessDaily.com in 2012, Skipper said of Tebow, "we didn't handle this very well". But listen, I just think stuff like that is going to keep happening. "We're going away from covering the game and we're getting closer to sensationalized news". It's not even news really, it's just complete nonsense. And what happened in the Summer League as you always point out, a lot of people are playing out there who aren't even going to play in the National Basketball Association. Because he always has to be the center of attention. But while LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16, may not be in a position to stand up to their father when he was feuding with UCLA and Chino Hills (California) High School, respectively, Lonzo is in a different spot. The Lakers are reportedly anxious about the impact LaVar Ball is having on his eldest boy.
According to ESPN Stats & Info's official Twitter account, Ball even made Los Angeles franchise history, as the first Lakers player with a double-double that included a single-digit point total since forward Lamar Odom back in 2008. To say that there's no LaVar Ball content, however, is inaccurate.
My point here being, I am not here to say whether or not Luke Walton is doing a good job coaching the Lakers. "That's my guy. He's one of my best friends". But people care. They must care. But for whatever reason, we're giving this guy a voice and Luke has to deal with it.
"Lavar Ball ... said he is confident that LeBron James, whom he has never met, will be coming to the Lakers this offseason as a free agent", said ESPN. People don't know why they're in the game. I don't know who cares, but people must care or ESPN wouldn't be spending whatever they're spending.