The Lakers wouldn't have gotten so many fast-break opportunities if they didn't play such competitive defense.
Walton is referring to an interview from Lithuania that was released earlier Sunday in which LaVar ripped the Lakers coach.
As for Lonzo, he insisted his father's comments don't disrupt the locker room but wouldn't elaborate on whether or not he was happy with Walton as the team's coach.
The Lakers also responded positively despite the controversy surrounding the team Sunday, snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 132-113 win over the Hawks.
Lonzo: I'll play for anybody.
Ball, who was up at 5 a.m. local time Saturday to watch his son Lonzo Ball in his first game back with the Lakers since suffering a sprained shoulder on December 23, expressed his frustration with Walton in an exclusive interview with ESPN.
Carlisle, who serves as president of the NBA's Coaches Association, argued that ESPN should consider its sources and determine if they have any merit or are simply "blowhard loudmouths".
Longtime ESPN college basketball announcer Dick Vitale wrote on Twitter that Ball totally aggravates me more than any other personality in my 39 yrs and lamented that media outlets "enable him to scream his absurd opinions by providing a forum for him".
Whether the Lakers were inspired by what LaVar said about Walton or not, they came to play against the Hawks.
"It doesn't bother me", Walton said. He pulled his son, LaMelo, from his high school in Chino Hills prior to the start of the season because of problems with first-year coach Dennis Latimore.
Ball - who has been the engine behind the Lakers' league-leading pace - was at the heart of this with his across-the-floor playmaking and 3-point shooting.
The 30th overall pick fired a couple outlet passes, ran a smooth give-and-go with Ball, and got some buckets himself with a pair of rushes to the rim.
NBA head coaches are hired, fired, and generally judged based on their ability to win basketball games, but the public facing nature of their job makes it useful to have a sense of humor, too.