Luke Walton's job security is "not even a conversation"

Los Angeles Lakers Lessons from failed super team longtime rival

Los Angeles Lakers Lessons from failed super team longtime rival

"Part of that partnership is the coaches do a lot of things to help them with access, interviews, all those kinds of things, and in exchange for that, they should back up the coaches".

"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more", Ball told Goodman.

The lead-up to Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks wasn't about the Lakers potentially snapping their nine-game losing streak (which they did with a 132-113 victory) - it was all about LaVar Ball. If you don't believe it, ask me. "He's our head coach". Three of the Lakers' top six scorers are in the a year ago of their contracts, and about 90 percent of the population of LA knows the team wants to sign Paul George and LeBron James this summer.

Had the interview ended at that point, Ball's father would have seemed like a disconnected parent. This team's getting blown out at home against bad teams.

After a win - his first in 18 days - to end a tense day in which his point guard's father said he'd lost his team, while his organization offered little public support, Lakers coach Luke Walton allowed himself a moment of levity.

The response was far from a ringing endorsement of Walton and could be perceived to be the opposite.

Lonzo was asked if his father ever expressed to him that Walton should not be the Lakers' coach. "I don't decide who coaches".

It was the kind of night that the Lakers envisioned when they drafted Lonzo Ball second overall this summer.

Maybe Lonzo Ball feels he can't do any better than the Lakers have in trying to stop his father from spouting off to the media, but there's nothing stopping him from making it clear he doesn't agree with him or at least pushing harder to defuse the situation. (I'd love to hear his unadulterated thoughts, but this was obviously meant for humor.) There's a few coaches who could pull off the execution of this joke, but I'm not sure how many would dare say something like that, just out of concern someone would take it the wrong way.

"He's a grown man", Lonzo Ball said at Staples Center before the game.

Had he lost the locker room? "I can see it", LaVar added. "I think today we had a little bit more energy, a little more rhythm to our game, and it looked to like we were confident in everything we did". Just 10 games into the season, LaVar Ball said the team should let his son "play the whole fourth quarter".

The rebuilding Lakers have struggled, going 12-27.

"It doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said. Like I said, he's going to say what he's going to say.

Walton said before the game that some coaches have reached out to him after the comments.

They shot 55.8 percent from the field - their highest in four years - dished out 32 assists and had eight players score in double figures.

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