Steve Kerr compared LaVar Ball to the Kardashians while offering a scathing analysis of why he gets media coverage

  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr compared LaVar Ball to the Kardashians and criticized society's craving for "sensationalized news."
  • The comments came after Ball said the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for head coach Luke Walton, prompting criticism from NBA coaches.
  • Kerr questioned ESPN's massive layoffs to several journalists while assigning reporters to cover the Ball family.


Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was the latest NBA coach to weigh in on LaVar Ball and the media coverage he has received.

Kerr's comments came after Ball told ESPN in an interview that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the team, saying players don't listen to or want to play for Walton anymore.

The comments sparked outrage, with Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle telling reporters that ESPN should not cover Ball, particularly because the network is a partner with the NBA.

On Monday, Kerr offered an eloquent but scathing response to Ball's comments, comparing Ball to the Kardashians and blaming today's society for the interest in him.

"Where we're going is we're going away from covering the game and getting close to sensationalized news," Kerr said. "It's not even news really, it's just complete nonsense. But if you package that irrational nonsense with glitter and ribbon, people are going to watch."

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CHINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: (L-R) Lonzo Ball, LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball and LaVar Ball attend Melo Ball's 16th Birthday on September 2, 2017 in Chino, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media during a press conference at their training faculity in June 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: LaVar Ball holds courd during The Los Angeles Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball (15) looks on during an college exhibition basketball game between the Cal State Los Angeles and the UCLA Bruins on November 1, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: LaMelo Ball, brother of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, walks off the court after shooting baskets as part of a promotion during a timeout of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Ice Cube and Lavar Ball compete in the Four Point Challenge during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball attend the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: LaVar Ball sits with his son LaMelo as they watch games during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, June 12 included Diane Keaton ('AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton'), Lonzo and LaVar Ball and musical guest Phoenix. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) LAVAR BALL, LONZO BALL, JIMMY KIMMEL
BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 22: Lonzo Ball the number two pick selected by the Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media at the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Lonzo Ball walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: LaVar Ball, father of second overall pick Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks to media during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Kerr then referenced to ESPN's massive layoffs in the spring, saying they lost talented journalists, but are clearly still willing to spend the money to cover Ball, who is in Lithuania with his two sons as they prepare for their professional debuts.

"I've talked to people in the media this year. I say 'Why do you guys have to cover that guy?' They say they don't want to, nobody wants to, but our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings, because of the readership," Kerr said.

"Somewhere, I guess this is in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is laughing at all of us. People are eating out of his hands for no apparent reason, other than he's become like the Kardashians of the NBA, and I guess that sells and that's what's true in politics, in entertainment and now in sports. It doesn't matter if there is any substance involved with an issue. It's just, can we make it really interesting, for no apparent reason."

Kerr also condemned the practice of interviewing players' parents, which has often been a justification for covering Ball, as he could offer insight into his oldest son Lonzo, who is on the Lakers.

"Do you know how many parents of my players are sitting at home going, 'Why isn't he playing my kid?' And yet, we're sticking a microphone in his face because it apparently gets ratings," Kerr said. "I don't know who cares, but people care."

Ball's latest comments seem to have crossed a line for many people in the NBA. After Carlisle blasted ESPN, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy threatened not to do any interviews with ESPN. Additionally, some NBA coaches reportedly want to ban media credentials to media members who interview Ball.

"It's a societal issue. It's been going on for many, many years," Kerr said. "And it's invading the sports world now."

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