The noted sports dad spoke with ESPN's Jeff Goodman while overseas in Lithuania about the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach and made a rather damning allegation regarding Walton's ability to exert control over his own team. If he's ready to play, let him play.
The last-place Lakers (11-27) will look to snap their skid when they host the Hawks (10-28), who are in last place in the Eastern Conference, at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday. However, he also said Walton isn't the right coach for the team even if the Lakers do eventually sign James.
"Nobody wants to play for him".
It is unclear whether the organization will address LaVar Ball's comments as they relate to their head coach.
Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach. "That is all I do, is play".
The response was far from a ringing endorsement of Walton and could be perceived to be the opposite. "I know he's coming to L.A.", Ball said.
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!" "Whatever those meetings [with LaVar Ball in the past] are, I'm not concerned with those. As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all".
Had he lost the locker room? I just need to get back to playing hard. I'm thinking a little bit too much. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".
The rough stretch Walton is referring to was a nightmarish end to December featuring games against the best teams in the National Basketball Association without break.
The Lakers have lost nine straight games.
For his part, Walton said he was more concerned with his point guard's development than dealing with criticism from the outspoken LaVar. "They're 100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing". "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things".
Clearly, LaVar is a father who wants to have input on how his sons are coached, who they play with, and what they do on the court. "We talk all the time".