Carlisle rips ESPN article, Lavar Ball issue

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The comments from Ball were inflammatory towards Walton.

To that, Carlisle lashed back. And he blamed the messenger. Rick Carlisle is one of those people.

Speaking from a resort in Birstonas, where his youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are preparing to make their professional debuts for Lithuanian franchise Prienu Vytautas, LaVar told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that "Luke [Walton] doesn't have control of the team no more".

Challenged to clarify by ESPN's Tim McMahon, if Carlisle was suggesting that ESPN should run news based on what coach's will like, he said, Carlisle said, "No I'm saying they should look at their sources and do a better job of determining if their sources have any merit or any validity or are they just blow hard loud mouths". We're going through that now.

Since starting the year positively; going 8-10 through their first 18 games, the Lakers have since struggled, and now sit in the last spot in the West with a record of 11-27. "And in exchange for that, they should back up the coaches". Printing an article where the father of an National Basketball Association player has an opinion, that's printed as anything that's legitimate, erodes trust. It erodes the trust that we built with ESPN. Rick Carlisle, Luke Walton, and all of the coaches, owners, and players are a lot wealthier because of ESPN's distribution costs. "Two years ago he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an unbelievable accomplishment". He earned the Laker job. "To have to deal with these kind of ignorant distractions is deplorable".

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"As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly", he said. It was a tense back-and-forth.

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

"The only thing I would say: Nobody is in the locker room, with these guys every day, " Hornacek said.

Walton disregarded the constant criticism coming from his star rookie's father, "I'm fine with it, it doesn't both me".

Ball made the comments from Lithuania, where he was recently mobbed upon arriving. His father wasn't happy with Walton's usage of the No. 2 overall pick against Charlotte. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo", Walton said, brushing off the comments. They played a late Sunday night home game against Atlanta.

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