Steve Kerr questions media coverage of LaVar Ball

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"That's what is true in politics, and entertainment, and now in sports", continued Kerr. It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved with an issue. It's just 'Can we make it really interesting.' For no apparent reason. He was asked about LaVar Ball after the demonstrative dad told ESPN the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a dear friend of Kerr and former top assistant with the Warriors.

Ball recently started another media firestorm by suggesting that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the team and players "don't want to play for him", while the team was in the midst of a losing streak. But a lead guard that could find him open and easy buckets without him having to drive or dribble the air out of the ball on a consistent basis seems like a great concept, especially with LeBron aging. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions".

"There's nothing interesting about that story [LaVar's comments about Walton]". I don't decide who the coach is.

The Lakers repeatedly stick to the same line they've trotted out for months when it comes to the public utterances of America's most boisterous sports parent: It isn't worth a response, because he's simply a family member of one of the team's players. Or else ESPN wouldn't be spending what they're spending to send reporters to Lithuania, when they laid off people who were writing really substantial pieces.

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"I feel frightful for Luke, that's my guy", Kerr said. "He shouldn't have to deal with this", Kerr said.

"To constantly be judged by millions of people", he said, "I don't know why you would do that to yourself". I am not a huge follower of the National Basketball Association. No chance. The Lakers must be wondering if it was worth it to draft Lonzo, for all the grief they're getting from his father. I think Magic's dilemma, Magic Johnson's dilemma, his make or break early decision as he's taken over the Lakers is not LaVar versus the organization or LaVar versus Luke Walton. LaVar Ball, now in Lithuania helping his younger sons settle into their new team, will likely not be in attendance.

Let's go through some of LaVar's highlights over the past year or so. "We know it. I just hope we handle it better".

"We talk all the time". "He's doing all he can. It's just part of his gig".

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"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", LaVar said this week all the way from Lithuania, where he placed his two younger sons in a pro basketball league.

"We always say it, it is us against everybody", Ball said of how the team has tried sticking together during the free fall.

Kerr said he was not condemning ESPN, which laid off several reporters previous year, but was speaking to a larger societal issue.

"This is not a ESPN judgment".

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The glass half full side says it's a good thing that Clarkson has the highest value among the trio given that he is the player the Lakers most need to trade.

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