Luke Walton, Lonzo Ball downplay latest LaVar Ball criticism

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Tyler Ennis could be pushed back to a bench role after starting three straight game in Lonzo Ball's absence.

LaVar Ball has had issues with his sons' coaches the past few years and even pulled LaMelo from Chino Hills High prior to the start of the season because of problems with first-year coach Dennis Latimore.

"My job is to play basketball", Ball said when asked about having a preference for playing for certain coaches.

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

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

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!" "We talk all the time".

"Nobody wants to play for him".

Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.

"I'll play for anybody", Ball said. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. "As long as Zo is fine with it and Zo can come in and play and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all".

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.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", LaVar said.

Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center. I tell him to go get the victory. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player". My only concern with any of it is for [Lonzo Ball]. "They're 100% behind and supporting what we're doing".

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