DALLAS Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily last Sunday after LaVar Ball’s claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, made his latest outlandish statement to ESPN for a story published last Sunday. He said Walton is too young to coach and “has no control” of the team—comments that Walton said didn’t bother him, but ones that clearly angered some of his National Basketball Association (NBA) coaching colleagues.

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Jahlil Okafor has been with the Nets for five games. In four of those, he’s seen a DNP-CD, which should make him feel right at home. In Philadelphia, the prevailing thought was Okafor wasn’t playing because he wasn’t going to be here much longer and it would be doing everyone a disservice by just tossing him out there in garbage time. With the Nets, it’s different.

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