Gregg Popovich adds to LaVar Ball fury: He’s “meaningless’

We found another member of the LaVar Ball fan club.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mocked the loudmouth dad for being insignificant, after his remarks criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton have been met with sharp opposition.

“Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual, or what they’re doing, I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks,” Popovich told ESPN.com. “Just stopping at that point would tell you that you don’t need to listen or go any further. It’s just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless.”

But Ball’s comments — most recently claiming that Walton has lost the Lakers — have reverberated through NBA circles and drawn the ire of coaches. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called Ball a “loudmouth blowhard” and ripped ESPN for doing the interview, while the Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy will be skipping a meeting with ESPN’s talent in retaliation when the network broadcasts a game next week.

Popovich’s comments came after LaVar’s son Lonzo torched the Spurs for 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 93-81 Lakers victory.

“Luke [Walton] has been schooled in this game from the time he was a little kid,” Popovich said. “And he doesn’t even know what he knows probably, just by osmosis, whether it was living at home, [or] in school as a player. He’s had tremendous experience. As a player, he wasn’t the best athlete in the world. But those are the guys that sometimes understand the game better because it comes a little tougher to them. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage and really understand the game, which he does. He inherently understands the game, and not everybody does. And then the icing on the cake, he gets to spend a few years up with Steve [Kerr] at Golden State with a great organization, and a great group.

“So, he’s way more than ready to handle this situation. But it’s a situation that’s gonna take time. It’s a process. And it certainly doesn’t need any outside chatter from people who don’t have a clue and haven’t gotten over themselves.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/01/12/gregg-popovich-adds-to-lavar-ball-fury-hes-meaningless/

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