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

Lonzo Ball (shoulder) is expected to play on Friday

"I coach as if it's not". But LaVar Ball has never been afraid to make wildly confident, unsubstantiated predictions.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more".

In an interview with ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Ball expressed some issues with Walton, including his age, his control of the team and the idea of him coaching either LeBron James or Paul George should either made a decision to come to the Lakers this offseason. "They don't want to play for him", Ball told ESPN on Sunday.

Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach.

Later, Vitale added: "So pathetic that LaVarBall just rips good ppl ala @Lakers ... he is so sad & we give him a forum for his classless comments!" Still, anyone who's paid even semi attention to Ball over the past year isn't surprised.

LaVar Ball's latest comments left the No. 2 overall pick having to answer several questions on Sunday morning about the state of the Lakers' locker room and his relationship with Walton.

Walton disregarded the constant criticism coming from his star rookie's father, "I'm fine with it, it doesn't both me".

Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw. We are going to play for him.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center.

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. "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those". "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

"Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can't coach them guys", LaVar told ESPN. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

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