But Walton said he has spoken to team executives, and has received assurances that his job is safe.
Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday. "They don't want to play for him", Ball told ESPN on Sunday. You might expect it from management or former players.
Even with starting point guard Lonzo Ball back in the lineup after an 11-day injury absence, the Lakers (11-27) simply couldn't hit shots to begin the game, which bled into their defense. "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more".
LaVar Ball has consistently violated his pre-draft vow to Magic Johnson that he would not meddle with the team if they picked Lonzo, and that he was playing a character he could flip on and off like a light switch. "I don't know what they're doing".
"Nobody wants to play for him", Ball added.
Yeah, saying you will "play for anyone" doesn't make it seem like you're a staunch supporter of your current coach.
LaVar Ball has made headlines in the past for, among many other things, insisting that no other team should draft Lonzo Ball except the Lakers, placing a $495 price tag on the sneakers offered by his Big Baller Brand clothing line, saying he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and getting into a rift with President Donald Trump over how LiAngelo Ball was ultimately allowed to return to the US following his shoplifting issue in China.
Only, the interview continued, and at one point, Ball was asked plainly if he likes Walton as a coach. "As long as Zo is fine with it and Zo can come in and play and it doesn't affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn't bother me at all".
It is unclear whether the organization will address LaVar Ball's comments as they relate to their head coach. His father wasn't happy with Walton's usage of the No. 2 overall pick against Charlotte.
First, he complained the coaching staff was too "soft" and now he's complaining about Ball's minutes and Walton's rotations, saying Lonzo Ball was "disgusted" when he was pulled out of the first quarter with four minutes to go.
"We do a lot to make certain they have access and they should back up the coaches", he said. If he's ready to play, let him play.