Carlisle rips ESPN article, Lavar Ball issue

Ruben Hill
January 8, 2018

Lonzo Ball, who had been the center of controversy earlier in the day due to comments made by his father and his response to those comments, played his best game since returning from a shoulder sprain that kept the rookie point guard out for six games.

"People don't why they're in the game".

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who's also the head of the coaches association, was less than pleased.

One wonders if Carlisle is more upset with Ball, or ESPN.

"We do a lot to make certain they have access and they should back up the coaches", he said. "Nobody wants to play for him".

LaVar clearly has a vested interest in his son playing more minutes and wants to see him succeed, but by voicing that interest he's undermining the Lakers' coaching staff in a way that doesn't look great for the organization. "Luke Walton is a terrific, young coach who is bringing along a young team, and it's a hard task".

"ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one". It erodes the trust that we built with ESPN.

Could this hurt Luke Walton?

. Two years ago he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row which is an fantastic accomplishment.

Carlisle is doing his job in advocating for his professional brethren here, but this isn't an ESPN problem, it's a Lakers problem. "To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable". The Lakers point guard said that when his father criticizes Walton, he does not feel the need to reach out to his head coach.

Lonzo Ball was asked Sunday at the Lakers' shootaround if he likes playing for Walton. "Everyone knows what is going on with the salary-cap situation next season and all that". So yeah, they probably shouldn't be making any comments from the outside. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me.

In a statement Knicks' GM Scott Perry said, "Jarrett has been a leader for the Knicks on and off the court. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued.

Jack took it in stride, noting, "It's pretty cool".

"I'll play for anybody", Ball answered, according to the Los Angeles Times. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all". "I could be the 13th or the 14th".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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