LaVar Ball Says He Can Coach Lonzo Better Than Luke Walton: ‘They Don’t Know How To Coach My Son’
Seventeen games into the season and the Los Angeles Lakers are experiencing a bunch of growing pains as they try to figure out what type of team they want to be. Although rookie star Lonzo Ball put up another triple-double on the year, he has had way more bad games than good ones, and the losses continue to pile up.
Despite the bad start to the season, head coach Luke Walton remains positive as his young team continues to grow.
“Walton’s focus day to day must be on winning, but to do so, he needs to let his young players make mistakes while gaining the experience they need to succeed.
“The line is there and you walk that line every day because you need to encourage them to have the confidence in themselves,” Walton said. “When they’re at this stage of their careers, [sometimes] you have to point out that that’s not how you do different things.”
While Walton remains hopeful for the future, LaVar Ball is tired of the losses and he puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of the head coach, as he so boldly stated in a recent interview.
“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar Ball said. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”
Does he have a problem with coach Luke Walton?
“No, I have a problem with losing,” Ball responded.
“What I mean by babying [Lonzo], ‘He’ll figure it out,’” Ball said. “It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him?’ Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.”
“They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” he continued. “Forget about that! Put the [onus] on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.’”
Calling out a coach and undermining him is hardly something new for LaVar. It’s been well documented how he handled himself at Chino Hills High School, as he’s believed to have gotten the last coach fired because of his antics.