Steve Kerr laments coverage of LaVar Ball, the 'Kardashian of the NBA'

Lonzo Ball

"I do agree with some of them", he said. However, there was an understanding that he'd keep negative opinions about the Lakers franchise to himself.

"Luke is my guy", said Kuzma, the team's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game.

"It's a societal thing more than anything", Kerr said.

Walton had to juggle lineups and rotations with injuries to starters such as Ball, Brook Lopez and Ingram while also having to deal with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not being allowed to play out of California due to legal restrictions stemming from a plea agreement out of his March arrest under suspicion of drunk driving.

Still, the win provided a pleasant note for Walton, who began the day under siege from Lithuania.

Before Sunday's game against the New York Knicks, the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle, made some rather interesting comments towards ESPN regarding the ongoing saga between LaVar Ball and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

LaVar Ball continues to make headlines, much to the chagrin of basketball fans like ESPN's Dick Vitale.

Kerr would go on to say he feels awful for Luke Walton, but also believes he's doing great and handling everything as best he can. "We talk all the time".

"We need to focus our energy and minds on what we are doing and that is the message we send every day", Walton added of dealing with distractions.

Walton said his main concern with the comments was how they impacted his point guard. "I love playing for him".

Lonzo was asked if he likes having Walton as his coach.

"I'll play for anybody". I don't know who cares, but people care. It is now clear that the Lakers severely underestimated LaVar Ball when they drafted his son and that their efforts to muzzle him following a November détente were unsuccessful. They've often bristled when reporters spoke with LaVar, long before he began criticizing their coaching staff.

LaVar did not mind Walton as his son's coach. Not long after, on November 29, Lakers president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka met with him to encourage more positive comments about the Lakers.

When word of his meeting with Pelinka and Johnson went public, LaVar said something he's often said - that he has positive communication with Johnson.

The criticism didn't effect Walton, who went about his business and said he wasn't anxious about his job security.

He follows that up with, "We as a team have to be more accountable".

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