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After arriving in the U.S. on Friday, LaVar was questioned about the highly publicized drama between him and Los Angeles coach Luke Walton. The Big Baller Brand patriarch has been quite critical of Walton this season, claiming that he no longer has “control of the team” and that athletes “don’t want to play for him.” The comments reportedly got under Johnson’s skin.
According to a recent report by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Johnson had contacted one of LaVar’s associates to warn him about the unflattering remarks LaVar was making. Though Johnson didn’t confirm the exchange, he also didn’t deny it.
“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,” Johnson told ESPN. “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.”
When asked if he was worried about Johnson, LaVar replied: “I ain't never afraid of nothing.”
Sources said LaVar has created tension among the team, after he announced that his son Lonzo Ball would not re-sign with the Lakers if his two younger sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, were not guaranteed spots on the team.
LaVar doesn’t seems to think his demands are unreasonable.
“Man, who don’t want they sons to play all on the same team? […] Name one father who don't want they sons to play on the same team?” he told TMZ. When asked if Lonzo would leave the Lakers if he didn’t get his way, LaVar said, “I'll let y’all figure that out.”
You can check out LaVar’s comments above.