Lakers meet with Ball about coaching criticism

It has not been smooth sailing for Luke Walton (right), Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers have asked LaVar Ball to tone down his criticisms of the coaching staff, according to ESPN, and Ball has been agreeable.

“It was the best thing, man,” Ball told ESPN. “Everybody’s going to try to make it an ego thing, like I’m trying to tell them what to do or they’re trying to tell me to tone it down. It’s not about that. It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem.”

Ball is the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, and confirmed the meeting, reportedly arranged by Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.

LaVar Ball has been critical of the coaching staff, chiding Luke Walton for not always using Lonzo correctly.

“Anyone that says anything about us, not just him [LaVar Ball], but anyone, if you are not part of our group or circle, have whatever opinion you want. It doesn’t matter,” Walton recently told ESPN. “We are in here every day grinding and working on getting better.

“With anything within the team, if I feel there is a disruption between our team and between the people within these walls, I just bring everyone to the film room and talk about it. I air it out. I don’t care if it is uncomfortable. … Something I learned from Steve [Kerr] is to never let a small thing turn into a big thing. Nip it in the bud right away. There have been a couple of times where we aired it [issues] out, and most of the time it is nothing. But as long as we talk about it and move forward as a group, it is back to where we are again.”

The Lakers (10-16) lost in overtime to the New York Knicks on Tuesday. They visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.