Stan Van Gundy Calls LaVar Ball Interview with ESPN 'Some Cheap Bulls--t'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2018

Detroit Pistons' Stan Van Gundy in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is not a fan of ESPN's coverage of LaVar Ball.

"That was some cheap bulls--t," Van Gundy said Monday of the network giving a voice to the father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, per Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

The comments come after Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com shared quotes from Ball—who was in Lithuania, where his youngest sons are preparing to play—in which he said Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost control of the team and was too young to fill the role he occupies. 

Van Gundy—who is the brother of ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy—isn't the only NBA coach to take umbrage with ESPN interviewing the Ball family patriarch. Sam Amico of AmicoHoops reported some coaches asked for the credentials of writers who interview LaVar to be revoked.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle went as far as to call the interview with Ball a "disgrace" and pointed to NBA coaches granting ESPN access and interviews throughout the season while suggesting the network should "back up the coaches" as a result, via Chris Walder of The Score:

Chris Walder @WalderSports

Rick Carlisle's comments where he rips ESPN for publishing article on LaVar Ball calling out Luke Walton: https://t.co/hhsQevtKmy

Despite his fellow coaches raising concerns, Walton brushed off Ball's comments before Sunday's victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

"I'm fine with it," he said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. "It doesn't bother me. My only concern with any of it is for Zo."

Ball's criticism didn't appear to bother the Lakers when they handled Atlanta on Sunday, 132-113, snapping a nine-game losing streak. They don't play Van Gundy's Pistons again until March 26.


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