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Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play for' Luke Walton

Ball also says the Lakers getting LeBron James cinched up a title: "You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win."


Kahron Spearman


LaVar Ball thinks head coach Luke Walton has lost the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more," Ball said to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, from a Birstonas spa resort, where he's with his other sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, preparing for their professional debuts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas.

"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more. They don't want to play for him."

Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don't know why they're in the game. He's too young. He's too young. ... He ain't connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player.

LaVar Ball
Ball family patriarch

Ball, though, went even further, prognosticating the Lakers' future.

"LeBron's coming to L.A.," Ball said. "LeBron is not a fool. What's the only way he can beat Jordan? You can't get more championships. Only one way, to say every team I've gone to I've won a championship. Go to Lakers and win a championship, then you're better than Jordan."

Then, he provided Goodman with some comedy.

"You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win," he continued. "Get rid of everybody. Give him LeBron and Gelo [LiAngelo Ball]. You got a 2 and a 3. And it's a win. It's a wrap. Then all you need are two rebounders -- [Julius] Randle and [Larry] Nance Jr."

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