Steve Kerr questions media coverage of LaVar Ball

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"It erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that". For starters, rookie Lonzo Ball had this to say when pressed about his father's comments.

"Somewhere LaVar is laughing at all of us".

I suppose you could make the argument that this is all entertainment, and if the public wants to enjoy the train wreck, the sports media should indulge it. It doesn't matter if there is any substance involved with an issue.

But recently, LaVar may have gone a bit too far with his comments about his son's coach Luke Walton, drawing the ire of many National Basketball Association personalities, including Pacers legend Reggie Miller.

Ball criticized Walton from a resort in Lithuanua Sunday, saying "You can see they're not playing for Luke no more", according to ESPN.

Lonzo Ball has handled the awkwardness of having an outspoken father like LaVar about as well as the Los Angeles Lakers could expect him to, but that does not mean the team believes there is no way the rookie's play will be negatively impacted by it. It also made him put him alongside LeBron James and James Harden as the only player to post 11 assists, 11 rebound & five steals in a game this season while joining Chris Paul and John Wall to do so before his 21st birthday.

Ker's comments on media and how Ball became popular are interesting because he's right that it wouldn't be a story if people didn't care about it. "Yet, we're sticking a microphone in front of his face because apparently it gets ratings".

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With the team struggling on the court, these off court distractions are not helping a young team grow and learn to win with each other, as it is not clear who is in the team's long term plans, if they are going to keep their coach and who the team will try to bring in next summer and who will be replaced. "We're going through that now and went through that past year".

"I was thinking about ESPN and they laid off, I don't know 100 people?", Kerr said earlier this week, via SB Nation.

He went on to talk about the ESPN story itself, which he thought was a non-story. Kerr later pivoted toward Walton, who has overseen the Lakers fielding a last-place finish in the Western Conference in his second season handling a young roster.

"I feel disgusting for Luke", Kerr said.

"For one, the Lakers' record has been awful, and while James would make it a lot better, there is reason to doubt that even he and a super friend like George could fix all of the Lakers' problems", Faigen wrote Tuesday. The guys who coach high school are the ones that really have to deal with the parents. I'm not going to go deep into that, because I'm not with them (the Lakers). What I do know is Kuzma was drafted 27th overall this past NBA Draft out of the University of Utah. LaVar Ball, now in Lithuania helping his younger sons settle into their new team, will likely not be in attendance.

Weirdly and annoyingly, this is the result of - ugh - LaVar Ball. "We know it. I just hope we handle it better". "He's doing all he can. It's just part of his gig". "They say 'We don't want to. It's been going on for many, many years, and it's really, I think, invading the sports world now".

"This is not a ESPN judgment".

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