Listen To Kyle Kuzma, Not LaVar Ball

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr yells at the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday Jan. 4 2018 in Houston

I slept on it. Along with poor offensive rating, the Lakers also commit the second most turnovers per game, trailing only the Philadelphia 76ers in this statistic. And I've come to this conclusion.

That's why the Lakers insisting that Ball is the same as any other family member is lunacy - particularly when the organization was concerned enough with his prior attacks on Walton for team President Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka to meet with him on November 29 and ask him to stop publicly doing so. "We just try to stay within this team and see how we can make each other better each and every day". Do you know how many parents of my players have probably been at home like, 'Man, he should be playing my kid.' And yet, we're sticking a microphone in his face because, apparently, it gets ratings. It's not the responsibility of the media - even an outlet affiliated with a league - to protect coaches from criticism, even if all involved agree that the particular troublemaker in question is indeed what Carlisle describes as a "blowhard loudmouth". One of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the world of sports, LaVar Ball never hesitates to speak his mind, consequences be damned.

SHANNON SHARPE: He sit him in the fourth. And this isn't the first time, either; less than a week after that meeting, Ball went on the radio and criticized Walton for his rotations and his son's diminished fourth quarter minutes.

"There's an old saying in the stock game that you go loud and go long", Cuban said. And he's just breaking a sweat, and that's what LaVar said.

Asked if he liked playing for Walton on Sunday, Ball provided the flimsiest of endorsements by stating, "I'll play for anybody".

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So, again, maybe I'm making an excuse for Lonzo, you can accuse me of that if you want to, but I don't think I am.

It's time for Ball to tell his spotlight-craving father - the person who helped propel his career in the first place - to stop talking.

LaVar has gone from amusing to controversial to annoying to - in some people's minds, at least - revolting in one year flat. And what happened in the Summer League as you always point out, a lot of people are playing out there who aren't even going to play in the National Basketball Association. Donovan Mitchell was out there. "You guys cover the team". And who was the MVP? I saw passion. I saw desire, I saw energy.

Kings coach Dave Joerger thought fatigue did his team in following a 107-100 loss to San Antonio on Monday. Sacramento started the second half with a 14-3 surge to take an eight-point lead before Lopez hit three 3-pointers. It's good to have someone fighting for us. And it resonates more than Carlisle's heavy-handedness for just that reason.

This rule basically prohibits the media from going into a specific section of Staples Center set aside for player's family and interviewing them.

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