Steve Kerr laments coverage of LaVar Ball, the 'Kardashian of the NBA'

Steve Kerr laments coverage of LaVar Ball, the 'Kardashian of the NBA'

Kerr, Carlisle, and Van Gundy all are right in that the media has been voracious in their coverage of the Balls, but the sensationalism of click bait is as old as the profession itself.

Stemming from a DUI while he was a member of the Detroit Pistons, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had been ordered to stay in the state of California for 25 days to complete a program that forced the guard to stay overnight at a detention facility, away from his family over the holidays. It also made him put him alongside LeBron James and James Harden as the only player to post 11 assists, 11 rebound & five steals in a game this season while joining Chris Paul and John Wall to do so before his 21st birthday.

Those are just a few sad certain realities in today's world.

"Those of us in the sport believe that NBA basketball is the greatest sport in the world, " Carlisle told me.

LaVar's most rowdy stunt yet as far as the Lakers are concerned has been when he suggested over the weekend that the team has checked out on head coach Luke Walton. In fact, Ball became the first Lakers player since Lamar Odom in 2008 to record a double-double that didn't include points, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"Luke doesn't have control of the team no more", Ball said. I said, 'Why do you guys have to cover that guy?' And they say, 'Well, we don't want to, but our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings, because of the readership'.

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle blamed ESPN for publishing and legitimizing Ball and he was joined in the condemnation of ESPN by Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone. To me, one of the things about the National Basketball Association, it's always been a haven from the parents.

- And it's in large part because they were all coached by their father early on. Kerr also seems to "get" what LaVar is going for, without endorsing it; Carlisle and Van Gundy come across as marks, whether or not that's fair. Somewhere, I guess this is in Lithania, LaVar Ball is laughing at all of us.

When asked by reporters in Los Angeles on Sunday about his father's statements, Lonzo Ball said: "He's a grown man". He can voice whatever opinion he wants. "I don't decide who coaches".

"I'm not meeting with their announcing crew before the game, I'm not doing the in-game interview", he said, per the New York Daily News. "I am going to enjoy the night and get some sleep finally and then we got to let [the win] go".

"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". I'm not kicking them out of press conferences. They don't want to play for him. I've talked to people in the media this year. When you lose games, at the end of the day Luke isn't the one going out and shooting 2 for 15, turning the ball over, having turnovers or missing free throws.

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