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LaVar Ball: Luke Walton Has Lost The Lakers Locker Room


In a sitdown interview from Lithuania with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, LaVar Ball weighed in on the current status of the Lakers and made some interesting statements. Ball feels that Luke Walton has lost the locker room and that the young squad does not want to play for him anymore. The BBB CEO says he is making this claim based on the fact that he can sense it in the body language of all the players. Ball also revealed that his son Lonzo is disgusted by the situation and felt that he shouldn’t be subbed out in crucial moments of the game, or be put on a minute restriction. The Lakers are on a nine game losing streak and are sitting in last place in the West. Via ESPN:

“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said from a spa resort in Birstonas, where he is staying while his two youngest sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, get ready to make their professional debuts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”

“That’s a good team,” he added of the Lakers, who have lost nine straight games. “Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player.”

“Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted,” Ball said. “He was ready to play. Four minutes left in the first quarter, he dunked it, getting in a flow and Coach sits him down. Sat him down. Now game goes from four points to 10 to 15 to 20. I don’t know what they’re doing. If he’s ready to play, let him play. Don’t try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions.”

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