Several NBA HCs Want Access Revoked for Writers Who Interview LaVar Ball

"ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one", Carlisle said. Carlisle added many coaches "are upset" at ESPN, saying it has now "eroded trust".

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. And in exchange for that they should back up the coaches.

"You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win", he said.

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

There was no immediate comment on the affair from Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, but Walton said he had spoken to club executives. Two years ago, he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an wonderful accomplishment.

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

Carlisle is doing his job in advocating for his professional brethren here, but this isn't an ESPN problem, it's a Lakers problem. That's what I'm saying. "To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable".

"I feel very secure in my job status right now", Walton said.

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. They don't really know what's going on in the overall picture. They've gone from looking like a scrappy team to a night off at this point in the season and they won't be keeping their draft pick this summer. "He's a valuable member of this team and we look forward to him continuing his successful play for the remainder of the season".

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon.

Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making.

  • Steve Townsend