Dick Vitale Isn't Happy With ESPN's LaVar Ball Coverage

Dick Vitale Isn't Happy With ESPN's LaVar Ball Coverage

Dick Vitale Isn't Happy With ESPN's LaVar Ball Coverage

And after Lonzo assured Kimmel he didn't find his father annoying, Jimmy followed by asking, "What is he about?"

But Walton was not overly satisfied with the win as his team committed 26 turnovers and took their foot off the gas after generating a large 18-point lead in the first quarter and letting the Kings cut into the deficit.

Seven months later, it's pretty clear that's not the case.

Unsurprisingly, LaVar Ball's antics have overshadowed Lonzo Ball's rookie season with the Lakers. I'm going the Lonzo I watched previous year at UCLA and the Lonzo I watched this summer in the Summer League. You can't really hide from it. He said Ball has become the "Kardashian of the NBA" and criticized ESPN's decision to lay off many of their more substantive writers and focus on stories like Ball's criticism of Walton. They want extra stuff from us and they're going to treat an National Basketball Association coach with that little respect?

The story drew criticism from some, including Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, who called it a "disgrace." .

Carlisle, who worked as an ESPN analyst while between coaching jobs during the 2007-08 season, referred to ESPN as a partner of the league and mentioned that coaches grant the network access and interviews because of that partnership.

I don't agree with that.

If the media were prohibited from doing stories about blowhard loudmouths, there would be precious little news coming out of our nation's capital these days.

Maybe, for once, LaVar Ball will listen. It's just a thing that you have to deal with it and just move past it. LaVar responded by telling her to "stay in your lane", which was, if not sexist, at least dismissive and inappropriate.

Walton also shared that he planned to speak to Johnson, who is the Lakers President of Basketball Operations, after practice, as the Lakers' organization has been mum on supporting its coach while he's been taking heat from the outspoken parent of his rookie point guard. No high-fives when they come out of the game.

ESPN drives me insane on a lot of fronts but for all of their cutbacks and all of their on-air inanity, the network continues to employ a lot of good reporters and writers.

The numbers look even worse when you understand the level of competition the Balls were going against. "When you try and do it your way: Goodbye".

During the losing streak, the Lakers held a team meeting to air out their issues with players voicing their frustrations about everything from how some players were being used to the direction of the team and how management is focused on next summer and landing two star free agents. They are both University of Arizona alums.

These aren't examples censuring LaVar's self-promotion.

Comments such as those might be obnoxious, but they aren't necessarily harmful to his children. That sells, and that's what is true in politics, entertainment and now sports.

"Tonight he had moments where he was great at it and there were moments where he over-penetrated and we got in trouble", Walton said.

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