Cody Zeller

Lakers coach Luke Walton downplays LaVar Ball's influence on Lonzo

Lakers coach Luke Walton downplays LaVar Ball's influence on Lonzo

As the Lakers losses began to accumulate, the most famous parent of any of their players began to make his voice heard in more biting ways.

Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, felt that it was time to speak about the coaching his son received — he felt the staff didn’t understand the best way to coach Lonzo whom he had coached throughout his life, and how to get the best out of him. He felt their in-game decisions weren’t conducive to how Lonzo played — for example, LaVar doesn’t feel Lonzo should sit to start fourth quarters. LaVar felt that his way would produce more wins and he wasn’t afraid to say so in multiple interviews.

At least outwardly, Lakers coach Luke Walton brushed...

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