"I don't decide who coaches".
LaVar added that he expects LeBron James to come to the Lakers because coming to the Lakers and winning a championship with a third team would be the only way James could surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever.
So when Walton was asked Friday morning if he wonders whether his job is in danger, his answer was simple. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".
"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son", he said in November, per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. LaVar Ball was in Lithuania with LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball when he made these comments - the Lakers can't stop that. The Lakers point guard said that when his father criticizes Walton, he does not feel the need to reach out to his head coach.
"Speak it into existence", is the phrase he used whenever he spoke with certainty about his son, Lonzo Ball, becoming a Los Angeles Laker. I mean, he's our head coach.
Vitale was less jarred by Ball making life miserable for his son Lonzo, who plays under Walton, than he was by his own company for enabling him. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. Currently, the Lakers sit at 11-27, the worst mark in the Western Conference and the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association. They held a team meeting on December 28 to air out myriad issues, from players who were unhappy about roles, minutes and rotations, to the direction the team is taking with its focus on signing two star free agents next summer.
"I'll play for anybody", Ball said.
"I'm fine with it, it doesn't bother me", Walton said of LaVar Ball's repeated criticism of him.
"My only concern with any of it is for Zo [Lonzo]".
"I'm fine with it".
"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted".
Walton was asked whether LaVar Ball's comments could possibly influence what management is thinking about its coach and the team's rebuild.
"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management.