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Rick Carlisle Calls Out ESPN for LaVar Ball Interview Criticizing Luke Walton

Rick Carlisle Calls Out ESPN for LaVar Ball Interview Criticizing Luke Walton

Asked if his father thinks Walton should not be the Lakers' head coach, Lonzo Ball said: "That's just his opinion".

"In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches", Carlisle said. And he blamed the messenger. Rick Carlisle, Luke Walton, and all of the coaches, owners, and players are a lot wealthier because of ESPN's distribution costs.

"As President of the Coaches Association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace quite honestly", Carlisle said.

Walton disagreed with LaVar's latest criticism of the Lakers coach, whose team has lost 12 of its past 13 games. "What I love about [Johnson] is just the communication that we have as a family and as friends to fix the situation they're just solutions that we throw off each other". We're going through that now. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine".

"Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can't coach them guys". It erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN. Our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that. That team won the first 24 games of the season and 39-4 under Walton's guidance. Off of that, he earned that Laker job. "To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable".

Carlisle was asked if he was suggesting that ESPN should determine which news to publish based on what coaches will like. It was a tense back-and-forth.

"You have my quote, " Carlisle retorted. Carlisle said. "That's what I'm saying".

"People don't why they're in the game.

My only concern with any of it is for Zo", Walton said, brushing off the comments.

Ball made the comments from Lithuania, where he was recently mobbed upon arriving. Still, as the father of the No. 2 overall pick, his comments on the coach carried importance to ESPN.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more". Luke doesn't have control of the team no more. They don't want to play for him. He's too young. He's too young ... He ain't connecting with them anymore. "We're not going to shoot well every night, but you can always play good defense".

"ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one". "He had a great run with NY, that's one reason we're doing it tonight".

But the biggest issue was defensively, where the Hornets ran wild for three quarters behind Kemba Walker (19 points, four steals), Marvin Williams (16 points) and Dwight Howard (15 points, 10 rebounds). He is now a TV analyst covering Mavericks games.


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