Luke Walton Rumors
Ball recently laid into Lakers coach Luke Walton … saying he’s “soft” and doesn’t know how to properly coach his son, Lonzo Ball. So, we hit up Byron to see how he would handle the situation if he was in Luke’s shoes. Long story short, Byron says guys like LaVar need to shut their traps and let the coaches coach. “Shut up. Stay put. Stay on the sidelines. We got this.”
The Los Angeles Lakers played terribly for nearly three quarters in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. Luckily, they were able to mount a huge comeback and head coach Luke Walton believed two people were responsible for turning the tide: Julius Randle and Josh Hart. “We had to find people to spark us. Once we got sparked, our guys did a great job,” Walton said. “Julius was a big part of that, Josh Hart was a big part of that. As far as changing our aggression and energy level. In the second half we played at a much better level of pace and control of the game.” I think it took Julius and Josh getting put in the game, two of our tougher players, to really spark the energy and effort level. Once we got it, we didn’t turn it off.”
Serena Winters: Luke Walton on going back to Lonzo Ball to close the 4th: “Zo has a knack for making winning plays & he’s obviously shown that he’s a very, very good rebounder & we needed that… whenever he’s on the floor, especially down the stretch you feel confident w/ the decisions he’s going to make”
Bill Oram: Luke Walton shut down any talk about LaVar Ball’s comments critical of Lakers coaching. “It’s not what we’re here to do or talk about,” Walton said. He adds that LaVar has done a “phenomenal job as a father. … We’re not concerned with how parents think we’re coaching the team.”
Lonzo Ball credited assistant coach Brian Shaw for urging him to hit the boards more aggressively. Both his father and the Lakers coaching staff want the same result for the point guard but have very different approaches. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar Ball said. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” Does he have a problem with coach Luke Walton? “No, I have a problem with losing,” Ball responded.
Luke Walton: “As you’re building, you’re on that path. It’s never [smooth]. It’s never just you get it and all of a sudden you don’t have slippage anymore. Every team goes through it. The important thing for us is that we learn from our mistakes, we keep our head up, we keep working and grinding away to get where we all want to be.” That’s the kind of talk LaVar Ball seems to shun. “What I mean by babying [Lonzo], ‘He’ll figure it out,'” Ball said. “It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him?’ Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.” “They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” he continued. “Forget about that! Put the [onus] on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”
The Los Angeles Lakers have made huge strides defensively this season a lot sooner than anyone could have expected considering they ranked dead last in defensive efficiency the last two seasons. The Lakers signed one of the best defensive guards in the league this offseason in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and after Sunday night’s win over the Denver Nuggets, Walton credited both him and Corey Brewer for setting the tone defensively. “Yeah, they do a really good job. A lot of people ask about how we’ve made so far, such a big jump from being last in defense to the top five in defense,” Walton said.