LaVar Ball Torched Luke Walton For Having 'No Control' Over The Lakers

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They don't want to play for him.

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

Ball said you can see Walton "doesn't have control of the team" and he is no longer connecting with the players, citing the way players react to substitutions as proof of this.

The Lakers, who stand at the bottom of the Western Conference, will continue their five-game homestand on Sunday when the Atlanta Hawks, the last placers of the Eastern Conference, come to town. "I don't know what they're doing".

"He ain't connecting with them anymore. And it's our job as coaches, and coaches in the organization to do what's best for our team and our players and we make those decisions based on what we see every single day in the facility and on the court".

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).

With speculation surrounding the futures of a number of Lakers players, including the likes of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, questions have been raised over the desire of LA's players to help an organisation that will likely trade them away before they get the chance to taste success.

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Unfortunately for Luke Walton, he has to hear about it from the father of the Lakers' top draft pick.

When asked about his father, Lonzo was his usual even-tempered self, telling reporters: "He's a grown man".

Despite the fact that he said he didn't have a problem with his coaching earlier this season, he clearly does. "I can't [do] nothing about it".

Again, Ball refused to endorse his coach: "My job is to play basketball". "I coach as if it's not".

"I don't think so", Ball responded following Sunday morning shootaround when asked point blank if he thought Walton had lost the locker room.

"My only concern with any of it is for Zo", he said. "I know he's coming to L.A.", LaVar told ESPN. Those comments put Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the hard position of both defending his father and his head coach.