Stan Van Gundy rips ESPN for reporting LaVar Ball criticism of Walton
Tuesday - 09/01/2018 07:05
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledges the New Orleans Pelicans frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis present a unique challenge, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017 in New Orleans. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press
NEW ORLEANS — Stan Van Gundy was clear.
He has no problem with LaVar Ball, the controversial father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
The Detroit Pistons coach has a problem with ESPN, which chose to report LaVar Ball’s criticism of Lakers coach Luke Walton, calling it “cheap (expletive).”
When pressed if it means he’s threatening to withhold access, Van Gundy said: “I’m not denying them access. I’m not kicking them out of press conferences. They want extra stuff from us and they’re going to treat an NBA coach with that little respect? Then I’m going to choose not to give them extra access"
Van Gundy emphasized media criticism comes with the job.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with you guys criticizing coaches," Van Gundy said. "You guys cover the team. You’re paid in part to analyze what’s going on. I’ve never had an issue with anybody’s who’s criticized me.”
But LaVar Ball has news value. His antics have dominated media websites for more than a year, with his bombast starting during Lonzo Ball's lone season at UCLA.
"I'm saying that 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?" Carlisle told reporters Sunday. "That's what I'm saying. You got that?"
"LaVar Ball uses the media outlets like a yo yo /he gets what he wants PR baby/we enable him to scream his absurd opinions by providing a forum for him.He totally aggravates me more than any other personality in my 39 yrs because he hurts good ppl," Vitale wrote.
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