Rick Carlisle Calls Out ESPN for LaVar Ball Interview Criticizing Luke Walton

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t think LaVar Ball is worthy of news stories anymore.

Carlisle had a problem with ESPN publishing comments from Lonzo Ball’s father criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton, via Chris Walder of theScore:

LaVar Ball—speaking from Lithuania where his younger sons are currently playing professional basketball—argued that Walton had lost the locker room.

“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. “They don’t want to play for him.”

While Ball is entitled to his opinion, Carlisle argued that it shouldn’t be enough to put in an article.

“They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths,” the 58-year-old said, per Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com. “That’s what I’m saying.”

The Lakers have fallen to 11-27 this season after suffering nine straight losses, something that will likely cause frustration for any player, family member or fan. However, Lonzo Ball hasn’t given any indication he doesn’t appreciate Walton as his head coach.

“My job is to play basketball,” the rookie point guard said Sunday, per Ohm Youngmisukof ESPN.com. “I don’t decide who coaches.”

As for his father, LaVar is known for his outrageous statements that make headlines, from saying he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one to claiming Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry. However, Carlisle clearly sees this as counterproductive for the team and the league being disrespected.

Lakers president Magic Johnson was initially not concerned with LaVar being a distraction, but the constant discussion appears to be angering other teams and coaches.

Rick Carlisle Calls Out ESPN for LaVar Ball Interview Criticizing Luke Walton

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t think LaVar Ball is worthy of news stories anymore.

Carlisle had a problem with ESPN publishing comments from Lonzo Ball’s father criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton, via Chris Walder of theScore:

LaVar Ball—speaking from Lithuania where his younger sons are currently playing professional basketball—argued that Walton had lost the locker room.

“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN. “They don’t want to play for him.”

While Ball is entitled to his opinion, Carlisle argued that it shouldn’t be enough to put in an article.

“They should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity or are they just blowhard loudmouths,” the 58-year-old said, per Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com. “That’s what I’m saying.”

The Lakers have fallen to 11-27 this season after suffering nine straight losses, something that will likely cause frustration for any player, family member or fan. However, Lonzo Ball hasn’t given any indication he doesn’t appreciate Walton as his head coach.

“My job is to play basketball,” the rookie point guard said Sunday, per Ohm Youngmisukof ESPN.com. “I don’t decide who coaches.”

As for his father, LaVar is known for his outrageous statements that make headlines, from saying he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one to claiming Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry. However, Carlisle clearly sees this as counterproductive for the team and the league being disrespected.

Lakers president Magic Johnson was initially not concerned with LaVar being a distraction, but the constant discussion appears to be angering other teams and coaches.

Debra Messing Shades THE FUCK Out Of E! For Their Unequal Pay Controversy At The Golden Globes!

Debra Messing just came out swinging against E!

While walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the Will & Grace star stopped by to chat with Giuliana Rancic about the Time’s Up movement, which was founded to help combat sexual misconduct in the workplace. However, Messing reminded those tuning in to the awards show that harassment isn’t the only issue facing working women.

Photos: Golden Globes 2018 ALL The Red Carpet Pics!

In fact, Debra highlighted that the campaign was also an attempt to help squash the gender pay gap. Here’s where the 49-year-old industry vet called out E!. While discussing equal pay in the workforce, Debra expressed how disheartened she was to learn that E! didn’t pay their employees equally — referencing Catt Sadler‘s decision to leave the network after learning she made significantly less than her male peer.

Be sure to ch-ch-check out the SNAP! SNAP! moment for yourself (above) AND take a look at the best reactions to the shade (below).

AH-Mazing! Way to use your platform for good, girl!!

Debra Messing Shades THE FUCK Out Of E! For Their Unequal Pay Controversy At The Golden Globes!

Debra Messing just came out swinging against E!

While walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the Will & Grace star stopped by to chat with Giuliana Rancic about the Time’s Up movement, which was founded to help combat sexual misconduct in the workplace. However, Messing reminded those tuning in to the awards show that harassment isn’t the only issue facing working women.

Photos: Golden Globes 2018 ALL The Red Carpet Pics!

In fact, Debra highlighted that the campaign was also an attempt to help squash the gender pay gap. Here’s where the 49-year-old industry vet called out E!. While discussing equal pay in the workforce, Debra expressed how disheartened she was to learn that E! didn’t pay their employees equally — referencing Catt Sadler‘s decision to leave the network after learning she made significantly less than her male peer.

Be sure to ch-ch-check out the SNAP! SNAP! moment for yourself (above) AND take a look at the best reactions to the shade (below).

AH-Mazing! Way to use your platform for good, girl!!

On the Charts: ‘Greatest Showman’ Soundtrack Ascends to Number One

The Greatest Showman finished atop the first Billboard 200 of 2018 as the soundtrack for the circus musical climbed to Number One in its fourth week of availability.

The soundtrack – featuring songs performed by Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya – sold 106,000 total copies as the album completed its four-week ascension from Number 71 to Number 63 to Number Five to Number One. The Greatest Showman also became the first soundtrack to top the album charts since Fifty Shades Darker in March 2017, Billboard reports.

No major new releases hit shelves as the calendar turned to 2018, leaving the Top 10 largely unchanged. Ed Sheeran’s Divide remained at Number Two for a second straight week, followed by Taylor Swift’s Reputation, G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned and Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. at Numbers Three through Five respectively.

The bottom half of the Top 10 also boasted a batch of returnees led by Eminem’s Revival at Number Six. Imagine Dragons’ Evolve jumped back into the Top 10 at Number Seven, followed by Post Malone’s Stoney at Number Eight, Travis Scott and Quavo’s Huncho Jack collaboration at Number Nine and Khalid’s American Teen at Number 10 and 31,000 total copies.

Look for next week’s Top 10 to look familiar as this week was once again bereft of notable new releases.

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