LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation

The father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball now is in Lithuania with his two other sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, as they prepare for their debuts with club team Prienu Vytautas.

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing "like garbage" these days, and famous TV sports dad LaVar Ball thinks he knows why.

Again, Ball refused to endorse his coach: "My job is to play basketball".

Ball was asked directly if he likes Walton as his head coach. I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room].

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments.

Vitale was less jarred by Ball making life miserable for his son Lonzo, who plays under Walton, than he was by his own company for enabling him. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here". "Playing like garbage. Something I need to address and fix".

"That is just his opinion".

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. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. The press is going to make it out like I'm trying to demean them or they're trying to demean me. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo", Walton said, brushing off the comments.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball told ESPN.

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

"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me", Walton said of the criticism. "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things".

Kuzma, who has been arguably the team's best player this season, has been struggling as of late and is coming off one of his worst performances of the season against the lowly Charlotte Hornets. "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those". "I know how to coach him".