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LaVar Ball throws more criticism at Luke Walton, Lakers organisation

LaVar Ball watched the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-94 Friday night loss to the Charlotte Hornets from Lithuania, but that didn't stop him from criticizing the team's coach.

Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss tweeted strong support with the hashtag "InLukeWeTrust" on New Year's Eve, and all indications have been that Walton's job security is not an issue.?A Lakers source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that Walton's job status is "not even a conversation". "He has coached me his whole life".

Walton, who had spoken prior to Ball, contended that the comments from the parent did not bother him, though he did say the noise coming from Ball's father was "Not ideal". "They're 100% behind and supporting what we're doing". Currently, the Lakers sit at 11-27, the worst mark in the Western Conference and the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association. He might still see some time in the rotation, but it would be in limited minutes.

"I'll play for anybody", Ball said. "I think the players are playing very hard, we've been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball)".

For his part, Walton said he was more concerned with his point guard's development than dealing with criticism from the outspoken LaVar. "As long as Zo's fine with it and Zo can come out and play ... then it doesn't bother me at all". LaVar wasn't done with Walton, though.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said.

Later, Vitale added: "So pathetic that LaVarBall just rips good ppl ala @Lakers ... he is so sad & we give him a forum for his classless comments!" I tell him to go get the victory. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player", he continued.

Walton said he "would disagree" with the assertion he had lost the locker room.

LaVar Ball has never met LeBron James. "Gr8 teacher & role model / if u don't like a situation just QUIT take ball & blame everyone / @ LukeWalton has more CLASS & HOOPS knowledge on his pinkie than LaVar!"

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