Carlisle argued that the story that quoted LaVar Ball was "deplorable".
Steve Kerr handled the situation well, Rick Carlisle did not.
"I talked to people in the media this year".
We can't be surprised that the man who has made "speak it into existence" one of his mantras is already concocting the scenario he wants to play out.
The reason we care about what people like Kerr say is because of the position they hold and the credibility they've gained through the experience in their careers. That sells, and that's what is true in politics, entertainment and now sports. It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved with any issues. It's just 'Can we make it really interesting for no apparent reason?' There's nothing interesting about that story. There is nothing interesting about that story.
Forward Kyle Kuzma, averaging 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and the improved play of second year forward Brandon Ingram, with 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and star rookie guard Lonzo Ball, averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game.
LaVar Ball has become a media sensation
"He creates our pace for us", Walton said, per ESPN.
As a more measured response to ESPN, Van Gundy contacted both National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and the NBAPA, saying he won't be participating in the extra access given to TV when ESPN airs Detroit's January 19 game against the Washington Wizards. "We've been struggling. We will take a win when we can get it, but it just doesn't feel the same way as when you play the game the right way throughout".
The reality, of course, is that Carlisle and the NBCA have no grounds to demand anything from the news media - even from one of the league's network partners. But if you package that irrational nonsense with glitter and some ribbon, people are going to watch. Because he always has to be the center of attention.
The options Lonzo Ball has now certainly aren't appealing for someone in his first year out of college, faced with the daunting prospect of trying to set boundaries for an unruly parent. "His dad was talking [expletive] so I took [Lonzo] out early", Walton said Sunday night.
"For one, the Lakers' record has been bad, 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. He shouldn't have to deal with this. Carlisle called Jeff Goodman's story "a disgrace" and suggested that anyone who interviews LaVar Ball should not be credentialed by the National Basketball Association. One month later, LaVar pulled LaMelo, a junior, out of high school so he could home school and prepare him for UCLA.
But I'm going to remind you, a bunch of kids were playing out there who are really, really good. But there's a reason why ESPN is dedicating so many resources to covering Ball's every move: people care.