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Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton

By in Press Enterprise on January 7, 2018

By Bill Oram

LOS ANGELES -– Lonzo Ball disagreed with his father that Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers locker room, but stopped short of an outright endorsement of his coach.

“I’ll play for anybody,” the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.

LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers “are not playing for Luke no more.”

Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night. It was the Lakers’ ninth straight loss.

“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said. “They don’t want to play for him.”

Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, “I don’t think so. I mean, he’s our head coach. We are going to play for him.”

Lonzo Ball on whether he is happy with Luke Walton as Lakers head coach: “I’ll play for anybody.”

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Walton said Sunday that he was “fine” with LaVar’s comments, on one condition.

“My only concern with any of it is for Zo,” he said. “As long as Zo’s fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.

“That is just his opinion,” Lonzo Ball said. “He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going […]    

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