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LaVar Ball Rips Lakers’ Luke Walton, Calls Him ‘Worst Coach’

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LaVar Ball is running his mouth. Again.

The father of Lonzo Ball took to the radio and ripped apart current Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, likely as a play to help push a trade that would get his son, Lonzo Ball, out of Los Angeles.

Ball made the following comments about Walton during an appearance on the ‘Doug & Wolf’ radio show in Arizona.

“Luke Walton was the worst coach he ever had. It was Magic [Johnson] who said he was going to be the dang face of the franchise. But Magic ain’t doing no coaching. And the only person to kill Lonzo is the coach pulling him out and not having no confidence in him. Everyone who’s had confidence in Lonzo just let him go and let him win. That’s what he does. He wins. Luke Walton turned him into a loser. A loser’s mentality is like, ‘Oh, he’s young, he’ll get it.’ Instead of just letting him go out there and do what he does.”

Ball blames the Lakers for his son’s slowed development;
“The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude.”

Ball has stated that he wants Lonzo to head to the Phoenix Suns, who desperately need a point guard, where he feels he can truly grow into a superstar, saying it’s “the best place for Lonzo”.

“I tell you what: Lonzo makes everybody better. That’s what he’s always did all his life. You don’t even hear of [Kyle] Kuzma if Lonzo don’t make him in the Las Vegas Summer League. You see every time Kuzma plays by himself? [Josh] Hart, [Brandon] Ingram by himself? They don’t get nothing. They look raggedy.”

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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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Lakers Considering Jason Kidd as Next Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have decided on their next head coach should they fire current head coach Luke Walton.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Jason Kidd would be “among the serious candidates” for the job, should it become available.

According to The Orgenonian’s John Canzano, the California Golden Bears fires head coach Wyking Jones, and are also targeting Kidd, who spent two years with the Golden Bears prior to his NBA career.

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Lakers Privately Concerned About LeBron James

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All is not well in Hollywood when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers and superstar LeBron James, at least according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

Per the report, the Lakers have privately been concerned about James’ health following a career-long absence, due to a groin injury he sustained back on Christmas Day in a game against the Golden State Warriors.

James’ play has left the Lakers “a little concerned” for his well-being.

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