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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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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will miss the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors due to a rib injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.

Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.

Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.

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Lakers’ Frank Vogel Says Team Has Not Ruled Out DeMarcus Cousins Return

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When it comes to big man DeMarcus Cousins, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to close the book on him playing during the 2019-2020 season.

Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.

Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is going on the defensive when addressing long-standing labels of him being a bad teammate, and a locker room cancer.

Howard, who inked a deal to return for a second stint with the Lakers, recently appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” to talk about narrative.

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