So after he answered the important question about Kevin Durant's healthy (he's day-to-day with a right calf strain), he was asked about the drama surrounding LaVar Ball's comments about Luke Walton and the reaction from Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, who blasted ESPN for running the story. During that time, he was allowed to practice with the Lakers and play in games in California.
LaVar Ball may not make the best shoe - Big Baller Brand recently received an "F" from the Better Business Bureau - he may not communicate the best way, and he probably is over the top, but discrediting him as a distraction because the media can't get enough of him is unfair, especially over an opinion that analysts will say live on air.
The comments came after Ball said the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for head coach Luke Walton, prompting criticism from National Basketball Association coaches. "I don't have a problem with LaVar Ball".
The Lakers (11-26) have lost eight straight games and 11 of their last 12 contests, to fall back into last place in the Western Conference.
"Do you know how many parents of my players are sitting at home going, 'Why isn't he playing my kid?' And yet, we're sticking a microphone in his face because it apparently gets ratings", Kerr said.More news: Jennifer Lawrence Did Half Her Makeup for Golden Globes, Then Didn't Go!
Walton had to juggle lineups and rotations with injuries to starters such as Ball, Brook Lopez and Ingram while also having to deal with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not being allowed to play out of California due to legal restrictions stemming from a plea agreement out of his March arrest under suspicion of drunk driving.
LaVar did not mind Walton as his son's coach.
"He's a grown man", the Lakers point guard said of his father's comments. "I'm not going to participate in the thing". "I can't [do] nothing about it". I don't know who cares, but people care. If you don't believe it, just ask me. He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
But not everyone on the Lakers find themselves on board with Ball's assessment. At the half, he outscored the Hawks in that category 28-0. Not only that, Kerr went on to put ESPN on blast for laying off good journalists that actually focused on sports. Now they hope to build their first winning streak since December 9 by trying to beat the Sacramento Kings at home on Tuesday. Kerr is the latest coach to talk about the topic. So, I talked to people in the media this year. The people that matter to what we are trying to do is all in our room.