There, the Lakers said they learned LaVar Ball's public bluster mostly stemmed from wanting to market his newly launched shoe company, "Big Baller Brand".
Death, taxes, and LaVar Ball getting under the skin of just about everyone.
Kuzma also provided the quote of the day when asked why his production had fallen off in recent games. "We can't control what's on the outside or who is talking on the outside. Luke Walton is our head coach, we love him, and he's going to be our coach".
Kerr's measured analysis is notable considering his close relationship with Walton, his former top assistant in Golden State.
Despite primary owner Jeanie Buss tweeting her support for Walton with the hashtag "InLukeWeTrust" on New Year's Eve, Walton's job security became a topic twice this past weekend. And when Ball says something of effect -like he did when told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Lakers' coach Luke Walton has lost his team- it evolves into a firestorm. I say "Why do you guys have to cover that guy?' They say they don't want to, nobody wants to, but our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings, because of the readership".
The rookie forward said that he took issue with the idea that the team quit on Walton and confidently added, "We stand by Luke".
When pressed if it means he's threatening to withhold access, Van Gundy said: "I'm not denying them access. I can't [do] nothing about it".
But certainly that has no affect on their young players. For those of you who do not know (I'm gonna guess that's a very small number), LaVar is the loudmouth father of Lonzo, who tries to put himself in the spotlight more than his son.
Doing what he has always tried to do when his father made headlines, Ball focused on playing.
"In six games without Lonzo Ball (starting three of them and not dressing for one) the 6'3" guard averaged 7.6 points and 4.8 assists in 21.6 minutes per game. At the half, he outscored the Hawks in that category 28-0.
Magic Johnson watched Lakers practice from the landing outside of his office, but was not made available to reporters. He lied to the Lakers before the season started, saying he'd stay out of their business, and in fact he's worse than ever.
The Los Angles Lakers used a hot third quarter to distance themselves from the Kings for a 99-86 victory Tuesday night at Staples Center. But when asked on Sunday if he liked playing for Luke, his answer was a non-committal "I'll play for anybody". "I'm not going to participate in the thing". We continue to see that on a daily basis.
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