If you’re sick of ESPN’s coverage of LaVar Ball, join the club as it has yet another member in the form of Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
Like many, Carlisle is sick of the coverage Ball receives, mainly the nauseating obsession ESPN has with anything and everything associated that Ball says.
Carlise says considers it a “disgrace” that Ball’s comments criticizing Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton were published by ESPN.
“As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly,” Carlisle said before Dallas’ game against the New York Knicks.
“Luke Walton is a terrific young coach who is bringing along a young team, and it’s a difficult task. If you don’t believe it, just ask me. We’re going through that now and went through that last year.”
Carlisle considers ESPN a partner of the NBA going as far to say that NBA coaches grant the network access and interviews due to that partnership.
“In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches,” Carlisle said. “Printing an article where the father of an NBA player has an opinion that is printed as anything like legitimate erodes trust. It erodes the trust that we’ve built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset, because Luke Walton does not deserve that.
“Two years ago, he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an amazing accomplishment. Off of that, he earned the Laker job. To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable.”
Carlisle was then asked if ESPN should determine which news to publish based on what coaches will like.
“I’m saying that they should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity. Or are they just blowhard loudmouths?” Carlisle said. “That’s what I’m saying. You got that?”
ESPN’s obsessive coverage of Ball, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel has turned a lot of people off over the years and it seems that are continuing to go down that irritating road.