Report: Magic Johnson Admonished LaVar Ball Associate for Luke Walton Comments
The Los Angeles Lakers have been publicly mum about LaVar Ball’s public comments on his son Lonzo Ball, the status of the team and head coach Luke Walton.
Privately, however, is reportedly a different matter.
Team president Magic Johnson "admonished" an associate of the Big Baller Brand founder for Ball’s comments about Walton, according to a report by ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne. Johnson, when contacted for comment about the story, took a measured approach but did not deny reaching out to the associate:
"Look, we had lost nine in a row and you didn’t hear nothing from me, right? I was supporting Luke through all nine in a row. So now, LaVar comes out and says something, and everybody asks, ‘Why didn’t you say nothing?’
"I’m not gonna respond to people saying different things. [Walton] already had my vote of confidence. There’s never been a question about his job security here. But everybody else was trying to make a big deal out of it. I was good with Luke, I was good with Jeanie [Buss]. So I said we should do nothing because if we react to this, now anytime somebody says something about the Lakers, we gotta react.
"We know what we have, we know who we are. And the team responded, and we’re better. So I’m happy we just didn’t jump out there."
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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February 15, 2018 at 10:02AM