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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Ball told ESPN the Lakers didn't want to play for Walton anymore and that he was too young and inexperienced as a coach.

"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. Get the app and get the game. "Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion that is printed as anything like legitimate erodes trust that we built with ESPN".

But, in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, that side of the ball has suddenly become its biggest problem, as seen in a 108-94 loss to Charlotte. LaVar being the father of the team's top draft pick makes things a bit different, but he has no control over how the team plays or what moves they make.

Yes, ESPN is a league partner but they pay about $1.4 billion a year to air the league's games. They don't really know what's going on in the overall picture.

"Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that, " the Mavs coach said.

When he was questioned whether he was implying ESPN should only write to please the coaches he said, "They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths".

Hornacek gave his two cents on Ball's remarks.

Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach.

Carlisle said that didn't mean the sports media behemoth should run news based on what coaches will like. "So when they have comments on teams, chemistry, that kind of stuff". "I know how to coach him". The Lakers still have not recovered from that brutal stretch, as the team has lost 11 of its last 12 games and has fallen from being an outside contender for the playoffs to the worst record in the Western Conference.


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