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LaVar Ball says he knows what type of coaching his son, 20-year-old rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, needs to be successful in the NBA, but thinks that isn’t what the Los Angeles Lakers are currently providing him

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar said Friday after the Lakers fell to 6-10 with a 122-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns, according to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

The head of Big Baller Brand added that he has no problem with Lakers head coach Luke Walton, but that he does with losing games.

After falling to the Suns, Walton said it’s important for his younger players to learn from their errors, and not to get too low each time they lose.

LaVar would apparently take a different approach with the impressionable roster, saying he would hold them more accountable for their mistakes.

“What I mean by babying (Lonzo), ‘He’ll figure it out,'” LaVar said. “It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him?’ Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.”

“They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” he added. “Forget about that. Put the (onus) on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”

LaVar added that losing at home “ain’t OK,” and said there aren’t any moral victories in a loss. “That’s why they’re so cool with losing by five or six, (to) say, ‘We was in the game.'”

Lonzo followed up his six-point performance against the Suns with his second triple-double of the 2017-18 campaign, ending Sunday’s 18-point blowout of the Denver Nuggets with 11 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists in just under 40 minutes of action.

He’s averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.5 steals for the 7-10 Lakers, although his 31.3 field-goal percentage and his 22.8 3-point percentage has left a lot to be desired.

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The New York Giants offered a statement from management Monday, in which co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch supported embattled head coach Ben McAdoo, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support. We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.

Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.

The Giants are in the midst of a 1-8 season, and lost to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

In addition to dealing with several embarrassing losses, McAdoo has had to fight reports and widespread perception that he’s been tuned out by his players.

The second-year leader has suspended veterans Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a game apiece for separate incidents over the last several weeks, and the Giants have had their effort on the field questioned numerous times.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman left the game during the third quarter and limped off the field. The broadcast appeared to show him telling teammates that he’d torn his Achilles.

Team doctors confirmed Sherman will need season-ending surgery to repair the tendon.

“He couldn’t even walk. Remarkable competitor,” Carroll said of Sherman postgame, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

The veteran cornerback told reporters he’d expected to tear his Achilles at some point this year after battling through an injury to the tendon throughout much of the season.

“When it goes, it goes,” Sherman said via Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

Sherman had never missed a game in his seven-year career and it’s a devastating loss for the Seahawks’ secondary. Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman will likely vie for increased snaps.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been asked about political topics before, and Monday was no different. Yet, in the wake of the Texas church shooting massacre that claimed 26 lives on Sunday, Kerr told reporters it might be time to view the gun issue as a public health concern, not a political debate over second amendment rights.

Via ESPN’s Chris Haynes:

I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue. I think too often we get caught up in political rhetoric, second amendment rights, NRA stuff. It has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties. It has got to be a public safety issue, public health issue. I read a great article today that talked about comparing this to the automobile industry. Apparently in the 1950s, about nine or 10 times more people then died in auto wrecks than die right now. So, what changed over 70 years? Well, safety measures, speed limits, auto regulations, seat belts, car seats, driver’s license, registration. Making sure people deserve to drive. I mean all these things are just safety issues and I think we have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point. The point of fact which is safety, which means a lot of things that we can do without taking away people’s second amendment rights. Lets’ do the sensible thing, but our government has to lead the way and they can’t just cave to the (National Rifle Association) because the NRA wants to make money. They have to put people’s safety and health over the interest of the gun industry. It doesn’t seem like it would be that far of a stretch, but for whatever reason we’re paralyzed and we’re unable to do anything to protect our citizens. It’s disgusting and it’s a shame.

Kerr has been vocal on the topic of gun violence in the past, and it’s something he has personal experience with. His father, Malcolm, was shot dead in 1984 while he was a professor at the American University of Beirut.

Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have both spoken out against President Donald Trump and his policies, and agree on who would be a better fit to run the United States.

That person is none other than San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr said Wednesday of the bench boss with a military background, according to ESPN.com.

“All jokes aside. I would vote for him.”

The Golden State Warriors coach, who played four seasons and won two championships with the Spurs under Popovich, elaborated on why the 68-year-old would make a good POTUS.

“Honesty and integrity,” Kerr said. “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become president. Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”

Curry agreed, saying Pop is “great for the NBA and would be even better for the country, probably.”

Trump withdrew the defending champs’ invitation to visit the White House this year in response to Curry’s reluctance to go. Like the Dubs duo, Popovich has been openly critical of Trump, most recently calling him a “soulless coward.”

There’s a mock presidential campaign pushing for Popovich and Kerr to run together in the next election.

Russell Westbrook might be the most aggressive basketball player on the planet.

That approach to the game had Jason Kidd comparing the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard to one of the most feared boxers ever.

“He is the (Mike) Tyson of basketball,” the Milwaukee Bucks coach said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

“When the jump ball (goes up), he is coming as Tyson did (in getting) off the stool. When the bell rings, he’s coming for you. Whenever he’s on the floor, he plays at one speed and that’s fast and hard.”

Kidd, who had a Hall of Fame-worthy career as an NBA guard, wasn’t done praising Westbrook.

“He’s the best in the game,” the 10-time All-Star said. “Puts a lot of pressure on your defense, offensively and defensively.”

Those words rang true later Tuesday, as the reigning league MVP registered 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in 26 minutes as OKC stomped the Bucks 110-91 at Bradley Center.

 
 

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t anticipate his health concerns getting in the way of eventually signing an extension with the team.

Kerr said earlier this month that he won’t commit to an extension just yet, because of the complications from back surgery that have plagued him off and on for over two years. But he, Warriors general manager Bob Myers, and owner Joe Lacob all told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on Sunday that they fully expect a long-term extension to be worked out after this season.

“I’ve got two years left on my deal and wanted to make sure that everything went well this year health-wise,” said Kerr, who signed a five-year, $25-million deal with the Warriors in the spring of 2014. “And I don’t anticipate any issues going forward.”

The two sides have reportedly already discussed parameters of a potential deal, and Kerr is seemingly less interested in driving up his price tag than he is in remaining the Warriors’ coach for the foreseeable future.

“Yeah, I’m a horrible negotiator,” he told Kawakami. “But I’m not going anywhere else. I have no desire to coach anywhere else. I love living here, I love the Warriors, I love working with Bob and Joe. Love the players. I’m not going anywhere. … I know how (Lacob and Myers) operate. They’re going to make me a great offer. If I decide I’m ready to do this, it will be a very short negotiation, I can tell you that.”

Kerr’s health issues stem from a spinal fluid leak that occurred during a surgery on a herniated disk in the summer of 2015, with symptoms including dizziness and chronic headaches. Those symptoms caused him to miss 43 games during the 2015-16 season, and 11 games during last season’s playoffs.

Lacob says he and Myers have already tried to get a deal done, but are more than happy to wait until Kerr feels comfortable enough to commit.

“I would expect him to be our coach for a long time,” Lacob told Kawakami. “We did try, but I think he basically just wanted to wait and see how his health was, that was the primary thing.

“We had a couple years to go (on his contract), so we understood that. He understood that. I suspect we’ll probably not deal with it during the season and next summer we’ll talk again.

“I would like to have him for a very long term. He’s fantastic. We love him.”

During Kerr’s tenure, the Warriors have compiled the best three-year regular-season stretch in NBA history, won a single-season record 73 games, made the Finals each year, and won two titles, most recently with an unprecedented 16-1 romp through the playoffs. Kerr’s .834 winning percentage as a head coach is the best in league history by far. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2015-16.