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LaVar Ball rips Luke Walton, claims ex-Warriors coach has lost Lakers players

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LaVar Ball rips Luke Walton, claims ex-Warriors coach has lost Lakers players

When your team has lost nine games in a row and finds itself with the worst record in the Western Conference, you're going to face some heat. You might expect it from management or former players.

Unfortunately for Luke Walton, he has to hear about it from the father of the Lakers' top draft pick.

While in Lithuania with his two youngest sons, LaVar Ball sounded off about the Lakers head coach and former Warriors assistant coach.

"You can see they're not playing for Luke no more. Luke doesn't have control of the team no more. They don't want to play for him," Ball told ESPN on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Walton, in his second season as the Lakers head coach, has compile a 37-83 record entering Sunday's game against the Hawks.

"That's a good team. Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don't know why they're in the game. He's too young. He's too young. ... He ain't connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player."

Walton was asked about Ball's comments at practice on Sunday.

"I’m fine with it. It doesn’t bother me. My only concern with any of it is for Zo," Walton said, brushing off the comments.

Lonzo Ball returned to the Lakers lineup on Friday after missing six games with a shoulder injury. His father wasn't happy with Walton's usage of the No. 2 overall pick against Charlotte.

"Lonzo looked good, but he also looked disgusted. He was ready to play. Four minutes left in the first quarter, he dunked it, getting in a flow and Coach sits him down. Sat him down. Now game goes from four points to 10 to 15 to 20. I don't know what they're doing. If he's ready to play, let him play. Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions," LaVar said.

As a rookie, Lonzo is averaging 10.1 points, 7.0 assists and 6.8 rebounds in 32 games, but he's shooting just 35.2 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from 3-point range.

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.