Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Skip Bayless explains why 'it's Lonzo vs Luke Walton' on the Lakers

Skip Bayless explains why 'it's Lonzo vs Luke Walton' on the Lakers

The publicity-seeking father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was quoted in an ESPN story, severely criticizing L.A. coach Luke Walton. "It erodes the trust that we've built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that". I said, "why do you guys have to cover that guy?' They said, 'we don't want to, nobody wants to but our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings, because of the readership".

What did I see? He ain't connecting with them anymore. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player". "He's not connecting with one player".

That being said, here's my three reasons that justify actually executing a trade involving Lonzo Ball.

Lonzo Ball has enjoyed only modest success as the No. 2 overall pick out of UCLA - averaging 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while shooting just 35.3 percent from the floor (and 30.5 percent from 3-point range) for the 12-27 Lakers - but his father has contended that the ups and downs largely stem from Walton not knowing how to coach him.

That effort lost steam, as it had to, being a draconian and improper response. Despite catching unwarranted criticism regarding his own son, Doc has seemingly kept his life as a father and a coach separate.

"It's not. It's a societal issue, and it's been going on for many, many years, and it's - I think - really invading the sports world now". He helped to close ranks around his friend Walton by globalizing the issue instead of calling for a crackdown.

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"Somewhere LaVar is laughing at all of us". People are eating out of his hands for no apparent reason, other than he's become the Kardashian of the National Basketball Association or something.

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. The West is just top heavy now.

"For one, the Lakers' record has been awful, and while James would make it a lot better, there is reason to doubt that even he and a super friend like George could fix all of the Lakers' problems", Faigen wrote Tuesday. I am not a huge follower of the National Basketball Association. "He's handling it great", Kerr said of Walton. He's doing all he can. "It's part of his gig, unfortunately".

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.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score's "Bernstein and Goff Show" in afternoon drive.

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