Knicks notebook: Rick Carlisle rips ESPN, Lavar Ball

In a move that's become entirely predictable, LaVar Ball took another shot at the Los Angeles Lakers, who are now mired in a nine-game losing streak.

When he was questioned whether he was implying ESPN should only write to please the coaches he said, "They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths".

Despite the fact that he said he didn't have a problem with his coaching earlier this season, he clearly does.

Unfortunately for Luke Walton, he has to hear about it from the father of the Lakers' top draft pick.

When it was pointed out to him that it wasn't usually starting point guards, but 13th or 14th players on the roster, who were sweating the deadline, he said, "I don't know what number I am on the list either".

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Asked if his father thinks Walton should not be the Lakers' head coach, Lonzo Ball said: "That's just his opinion. I don't decide who the coach is".

Ball made the comments to ESPN from Lithuania, where he is helping his two younger sons settle in playing for BC Vytautas. "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball). That is all I do, is play".

The rough stretch Walton is referring to was a nightmarish end to December featuring games against the best teams in the National Basketball Association without break. So yeah, they probably shouldn't be making any comments from the outside.

LaVar Ball has made headlines in the past for, among many other things, insisting that no other team should draft Lonzo Ball except the Lakers, placing a $495 price tag on the sneakers offered by his Big Baller Brand clothing line, saying he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and getting into a rift with President Donald Trump over how LiAngelo Ball was ultimately allowed to return to the US following his shoplifting issue in China.

"We're, I feel, very secure in my job status right now", Walton told reporters. It's a hard task and if you don't believe it then just as me. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

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