Walton, who worked for a couple of years with Kerr and the Warriors as an assistant coach, had such a good run with the defending champions that the Lakers offered him a head coaching job after some drama with Byron Scott.
After the Lakers' first victory since December 20, Walton was even able to crack a joke about LaVar Ball when asked about his strategy for taking his rookie point guard out midway through the first and second quarters to use him to start the next quarter with the second unit.
In November, Kerr asked reporters if the media could stop covering LaVar Ball amid his feud with President Donald Trump.
The comments about Walton - especially from someone who isn't an National Basketball Association figure - angered the rest of the National Basketball Association, including the likes of Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who launched a scathing attack on ESPN for reporting on such a story. For starters, rookie Lonzo Ball had this to say when pressed about his father's comments.
"Where we're going is we're going away from covering the game, and we're going toward just sensationalizing news". "But if you package that irrational nonsense with glitter and some ribbons, people are going to watch". They must care, or ESPN wouldn't be spending whatever they're spending to send reporters to Lithunia when they are laying off people who are writing really substantial (stories), people like Ethan Strauss and Marc Stein are getting laid off.
So i talked to guys in the media this year. I said, "why do you guys have to cover that guy?' They said, 'we don't want to, nobody wants to but our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings, because of the readership".
So somewhere, I guess in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is laughing. It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved with any issues. "They don't want to play for him". "I don't know who cares, but people care". How many people did they lay off over the previous year?
On Monday, Van Gundy threatened to not do pre-game meeting or in-game interviews with ESPN during the network's broadcast of a Pistons game on January 19th. saying their decision to give Ball a platform was "cheap (expletive)" and "a cheap shot" and said they "showed total disrespect".
Kerr, Carlisle, and Van Gundy all are right in that the media has been voracious in their coverage of the Balls, but the sensationalism of click bait is as old as the profession itself. "It" not. It's societal issue.
"We'll see what happens", Van Gundy said.