LaVar Ball saying Lakers coach Luke Walton had lost control of the team took on a life of its own, in part, because Lakers management didn’t respond publicly. It reached the point agents and executives were speculating about the Lakers hiring former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale – who was an assistant in Miami while LeBron James was there – to lure LeBron.
Finally, the Lakers’ higher-ups gave more direct endorsements of Walton.
Lakers president Magic Johnson:
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss:
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
Buss’ statement is obviously stronger than Johnson’s, and even hers required follow-up explanation through anonymous sources. This is better than the completely anonymous assurances the Lakers gave Walton previously, but it’s not exactly the strongest vote of confidence.
At least this should hush, though not completely silence, the noise surrounding Walton. Then again, the Lakers’ four-game win streak probably would have accomplished the same thing.