Clippers coach Doc Rivers says criticism of Lakers counterpart Luke Walton is ‘awful’

first_img Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? “It’s great what Rick Carlisle said,” Rivers said. “I just think we’re easy targets all the time. It’s just good to have someone fighting for us. I thought what Rick said was terrific. It’s just tough. It’s the world we’re in and we all made it. It is what it is and we all deal with it.“Stuff like that, it’s going to keep happening. We know it. I just hope we handle it better.”GRIFFIN UPDATEBlake Griffin rode on a stationary bicycle during the morning shootaround at the Clippers’ Playa Vista training facility, the first step in the NBA’s concussion protocol. There are several more steps he must take before he’s cleared to practice or play and there’s no timetable for his return to the lineup.“We just have to wait,” Rivers said.Griffin suffered a concussion when he was elbowed in the head by JaVale McGee of Golden State during the Clippers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday afternoon. Griffin, the Clippers’ leading scorer, was sidelined for 14 games by a sprained left knee earlier this season.TEODOSIC IMPROVESMilos Teodosic sat out for the second consecutive game after aggravating the plantar fascia injury in his left foot that sidelined him for 22 games earlier this season. He could be back in the lineup as early as next Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets, Rivers said.“Milos is doing well,” Rivers said.“Is he playing tonight?” a reporter asked.“He’s not doing that well,” Rivers said, laughing. LOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball’s long-distance criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton sent shockwaves through the NBA coaching fraternity that continued for another day. It was Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ turn to sound off about Ball’s statement that Walton had lost the support of the Lakers’ players.“That’s awful,” Rivers said Monday before the Clippers faced the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center. “I just think it’s awful. I’m not going to go deep into that, because I’m not with them (the Lakers). But I am a coach. I just think it’s awful.”The Lakers asked Ball, the outspoken father of point guard Lonzo Ball, to cease his verbal assaults on Walton earlier this season. But, after a period of silence, LaVar Ball sounded off to an ESPN reporter while with his two younger sons, who are playing in Lithuania.LaVar Ball said in a story posted Sunday on ESPN’s website that Walton lost control of the Lakers’ locker room and the players “are not playing for Luke no more.” Lonzo Ball responded to his father’s comments by saying, “I’ll play for anybody.” Related Articles Kyle Kuzma defends Luke Walton, says most Lakers ‘love playing for him’ center_img Big Baller Brand called out by Better Business Bureau after complaints, sued for back payment LaVar Ball also said of the 39-year-old Walton in the ESPN article: “Even if you bring in a LeBron (James) or a (Paul) George (as free agents in the offseason), what’s he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”Walton did what he could to let the story die and Lakers management, to this point, has decided not to comment. Rick Carlisle, coach of the Dallas Mavericks and the president of the NBA coaches’ association, delivered a stern rebuke of the elder Ball and of ESPN’s reporting.Carlisle called ESPN’s interview with LaVar Ball “a disgrace.”“Luke Walton is a terrific young coach who is bringing along a young team, and it’s a difficult task,” Carlisle said before Dallas’ game in New York. “If you don’t believe it, just ask me. We’re going through that now (with the Mavericks) and went through that last year.”Walton told Lakers beat reporters he received calls of support from other NBA coaches. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more