Rick Carlisle rips ESPN for coverage of 'blowhard loudmouths' after LaVar Ball insisted Lakers players don't want to be coached by Luke Walton

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  • Rick Carlisle criticised ESPN for their coverage of LaVar Ball and his claims that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the team.
  • Carlisle, who serves as president of the NBA’s Coaches Association, argued that ESPN should consider its sources and determine if they have any merit or are simply “blowhard loudmouths.”
  • Walton has taken the recent spat in stride, joking about Ball’s comments after the Lakers’ win on Sunday.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle ripped into ESPN on Sunday for their recent coverage of LaVar Ball and his comments, calling it a “disgrace.”

Ball recently started another media firestorm by suggesting that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the team and players “don’t want to play for him,” while the team was in the midst of a losing streak.

Carlisle, who also serves as president of the NBA’s Coaches Association, expressed disappointment in ESPN for running the story, saying that as league partners, coaches make an effort to give the network access and interviews.

“In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches,” Carlisle said. “Printing an article where the father of an NBA player has an opinion that is printed as anything like legitimate erodes trust. It erodes the trust that we’ve built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset because Luke Walton does not deserve that.”

Carlisle was then asked if ESPN should only publish stories that meet the approval of the coaches.

“I’m saying that 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?” Carlisle responded. “That’s what I’m saying. You got that?”

You can watch Carlisle’s comments below.

Luke Walton had been doing his best to stay above the controversy. After the Lakers ended a nine-game losing skid, Walton was asked about his decision to move Lonzo to the bench earlier than usual and having him run with the second unit.

“His dad was talking s—, so I took him out early,” Walton joked, as the gathered reporters broke out in laughter.

The Lakers will have a chance at their second straight win on Tuesday when they face the Kings at home at the Staples Center. LaVar Ball, currently in Lithuania helping his younger sons settle into their new team, will likely not be in attendance.

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