"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", Ball said.
"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more", he said. He has a player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season and can become a free agent this offseason, which would give him the opportunity to sign with another team and win a championship at a third locale.
Ball did little to put out the fire heating up Walton's seat by refusing to outwardly endorse his coach with his father's comments freshly floating about and with the Lakers on a nine-game losing streak and struggling to compete on a nightly basis. "He's our head coach". "Nobody wants to play for him".
Had the interview ended at that point, Ball's father would have seemed like a disconnected parent. To Ball's point, even Walton has confirmed frustrating Julius Randle with his rotations, but the lack of high-fives may be more than just a matter of Walton's coaching acumen. "That is all I do, is play".
The response was far from a ringing endorsement of Walton and could be perceived to be the opposite.
In response to Ball's comments, Walton told reporters that he did not feel that his job was in jeopardy.
Again, Ball refused to endorse his coach: "My job is to play basketball". He has coached me his whole life.
With those two responses, Ball called into question his support of the Lakers' Head Coach.
"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted", Ball said. It's a hard task and if you don't believe it then just as me.
"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me", Walton said of the criticism.
Had he lost the locker room? I can see it. We've been through a hard stretch. ESPN is an National Basketball Association partner and they've been a great one. "My only concern with any of it is for Zo", Walton said, brushing off the comments. "What I love about [Johnson] is just the communication that we have as a family and as friends to fix the situation they're just solutions that we throw off each other".
"He is going to speak his mind, he is not going to change", said Lonzo Ball, who says he hasn't spoken to LaVar since his father and two brothers landed in Lithuania, where LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are playing for the pro team Prienu Vytautas.". "We talk all the time".
Lonzo spoke to the media on Sunday and was asked where he stood on LaVar's comments and if Walton had indeed lost the locker room.