LaVar Ball has consistently violated his pre-draft vow to Magic Johnson that he would not meddle with the team if they picked Lonzo, and that he was playing a character he could flip on and off like a light switch.
Walton disagreed with LaVar's latest criticism of the Lakers coach, whose team has lost 12 of its past 13 games. Everyone can hate it all they want but LaVar Ball has proven himself to be newsworthy - if he weren't, Carlisle wouldn't be bothering to talk about him.
Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with LaVar Ball on November 29, not long after he told a reporter the Lakers coaches were too soft on his son. I mean, he's our head coach. Nobody wants to play for him.
Rick Carlisle slammed ESPN - and was backed by a less passionate Jeff Hornacek - for giving a platform to "blowhard loudmouth" LaVar Ball.
Ball put up 11 points, five assists, three 3-pointers and one turnover, but his team shot just 40.4 percent from the field and 9-of-36 on triples. "That is all I do, is play".
The response was far from a ringing endorsement of Walton and could be perceived to be the opposite.
The Lakers did not immediately make available general manager Rob Pelinka, who attended their Sunday morning shootaround at Staples Center. "I don't decide who coaches".
With those two responses, Ball called into question his support of the Lakers' Head Coach.
The comments from Ball were inflammatory towards Walton. And it's a hard task. "My only concern with any of it is Zo (Lonzo Ball)".
"I'm fine with it". I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room]. We went through it previous year.
The rough stretch Walton is referring to was a nightmarish end to December featuring games against the best teams in the National Basketball Association without break.
Walton got the Lakers' coaching job after being the interim coach with Golden State two years back when Steve Kerr had back surgery.
"I would hope not, but it doesn't influence what we're doing", Walton said of the coaching staff. "I've said all along, 'there're always parents and parents are going to get mad at things".
"They should look at their sources and do a better job and determining whether they have any merit and validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths", Carlisle said.
Walton added, "I feel very secure in my job status right now".