Quick Hits: Coaches, Draymond, Hornets

NBA coaches are hot over a recent story on ESPN in which LaVar Ball ripped Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, and have posted a retort to the report.

In a post on the NBA Coaches Association website, coaches ripped ESPN’s one-source story, referring to it as “reprehensible” and “insulting.”

Ball, the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, was the only person quoted in the story. He insisted that Walton has lost control of the team. No opposing viewpoints were offered.

“The article attacked Coach Walton on the basis of one person’s unsubstantiated opinion. The story failed to provide quotes or perspectives from any players, or from Lakers management, either named or unnamed, verifying the claims made in the story,” the NBCA wrote on the website.

“The article lacks any of the basic fundamental benchmarks and standards of reliable journalism. It is reprehensible and insulting both to our Coaches and to the standards of ESPN.”

In other news:

1. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 for comments made about the officiating, the league announced Monday. Green told The Athletic that strife between referees and players is “ruining the game.”

2. While perhaps difficult, the Charlotte Hornets would be wise to make a prudent decision and trade point guard Kemba Walker before the February deadline, writes Tim Bontemps in The Washington Post.

3. Center Nikola Jokic’s scoring dip may be the byproduct of the Denver Nuggets’ new starting lineup, writes Gina Mizell in The Denver Post.