The Los Angeles Lakers have apparently had enough of LaVar Ball’s sniping. The team’s front office reportedly sat the patriarch of the Ball family down and asked him to tone down his public criticism of the organization and head coach Luke Walton.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ front office recently had a meeting with LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, asking him to tone down some of his public criticisms of head coach Luke Walton and help create a more positive atmosphere around his son, sources told ESPN.
The meeting, which took place within the past few weeks, was called by Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.
LaVar Ball confirmed the meeting took place, telling ESPN, “It was the best thing, man. Everybody’s going to try to make it an ego thing, like I’m trying to tell them what to do or they’re trying to tell me to tone it down. It’s not about that. It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem.
Walton has shown flaws as an in-game coach so far this season, particularly late in games. That said, the Lakers are 10-16 after an overtime loss to the New York Knicks Tuesday night and the team has been so much better that people expected.
It’s only a matter of time until the Lakers ban LaVar Ball from going to Lakers games in L.A.