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Steve Kerr calls LaVar Ball 'the Kardashian of the NBA'

July 22 2018, 11:53 | Van Peters

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and head coach Luke Walton

Connor Letourneau, who covers the Warriors for the San Francisco Chronicle, shared Kerr's thoughts on LaVar Ball and ESPN on Twitter.

The comments came after Ball said the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for head coach Luke Walton, prompting criticism from National Basketball Association coaches. In talking about LaVar Ball and the media spotlight that's been placed on Lonzo's father, Kerr most definitely didn't hold back.

And in the process, the Lakers (12-27) backed up Luke Walton's and rookie point guard Lonzo Ball's statements that the coach hasn't lost the locker room as Ball's father asserted to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Kerr would go on to say he feels disgusting for Luke Walton, but also believes he's doing great and handling everything as best he can. "We're going away from covering the game and we're getting closer to sensationalized news".

Kerr's comparison to the Kardashians is spot on, as the Ball's even boast their own reality TV show nowadays. "It's complete nonsense. If you package that irrational nonsense with some glitter and some ribbon, people are going to watch". They must care, or ESPN wouldn't be spending whatever they're spending to send reporters to Lithuania when they are laying off people who are writing really substantial (stories), people like Ethan Strauss and Marc Stein are getting laid off.

"I talked to people in the media this year". And they say, "Well, we don't want to, but our bosses tell us we have to because of the readership".

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"Somewhere, I guess in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is laughing".

"It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved with an issue". Do you know how many parents of my players are probably been home going 'Why isn't he playing my kid?' And yet we're sticking a microphone in his face because apparently he gets ratings. "I was thinking about ESPN, and they laid off, I don't know, 100 people". His surreal behavior and lack of a filter, triggers a reaction in people and drives traffic to pages, which equals more revenue for sites who cover his antics.

After Carlisle blasted ESPN, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy threatened not to do any interviews with ESPN.

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. "It's not. It's a societal issue".

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

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