first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 20-year-old scored seven straight points in 67 seconds during a third quarter run that included a dunk off an alley-oop from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 3-pointer and a layup.“He was just playing basketball,” Walton said. “We’ve seen that before out of him, when we practice, when we scrimmage. We know that that’s more of the type of player that he is, at least offensively the way he can shoot that ball and get to the rim and finish.”Waiting for his son in the lower bowl of The Garden after the loss, LaVar Ball described a warm and collaborative relationship with the Lakers.“What I love about them is just the communication we have as a family and as friends,” said LaVar, who sat courtside, about 30 feet from Johnson, during Tuesday’s game.The sides met, he added, “to fix the situation and just solutions that we throw off each other. And that’s all it is. But the press is going to make it out like I’m trying to demean them or they’re trying to demean me.” A Madison Square Garden security guard interrupted the interview, saying media was not allowed in the area where Ball was seated in the lower bowl of the arena. Before reporters left, Ball said, “We just trying to do what’s best for the team.”The meeting included LaVar Ball, Johnson, Pelinka, as well as LaVar’s business manager. ESPN first reported the meeting, and that in addition to asking Ball to be less critical of Walton, they hoped he could help “create a more positive atmosphere around his son.”center_img NEW YORK — Top Lakers officials asked LaVar Ball last month to tone down his criticisms of Coach Luke Walton.The father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball said Tuesday that he had “a great conversation” with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, although their request has seemed to go unheeded.The meeting took place in Los Angeles on Nov. 29, nearly a week before a Dec. 5 interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio in which LaVar reiterated his belief that Lonzo Ball should play the entire fourth quarter. He also suggested taking him in and out of the lineup might have led to calf tightness which limited Ball in multiple games earlier this month.Ball averages 33.1 minutes per game, ranking third on the team and second among rookies. In a 119-113 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday, Ball played the final 7:45 of regulation and all five minutes of overtime. He finished with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting while added eight rebounds, six assists two steals and a block.last_img