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Rick Carlisle Blasts ESPN For Publishing Its LaVar Ball/Luke Walton Story

Dallas Mavericks cheerleaders dancing.

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 11: A Dallas Mavericks dancer performs in the first half at American Airlines Center on November 11, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The NBA head coach says what ESPN did is a "disgrace."

Rick Carlisle spent some time before tonight's Mavericks-Knicks game absolutely trashing ESPN for what it did today.

Dallas' head coach thinks it's a "disgrace" that the Worldwide Leader published a story in which LaVar Ball says Luke Walton has lost the Lakers' locker room. The article, written by ESPN's Jeff Goodman, who's over in Lithuania covering the Ball family, was published a little after 11 a.m. this morning.

"Nobody wants to play for him," Ball said of Walton. "I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don't know why they're in the game. He's too young. He's too young. ... He ain't connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player."

The story led to both Walton and Lonzo Ball being asked about LaVar's comments at the Staples Center today.

Carlisle, the president of the NBA's coaching association, went off on ESPN for publishing the story.

It's a tough situation.

LaVar Ball, due somewhat to the coverage ESPN has given him, has become a very public figure who people (as much as they would like to say otherwise) want to hear from. If he says Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers, that is a story. It is, though, incredibly unfair for Luke Walton and Lonzo Ball and Los Angeles' organization as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost 9 straight games. They're set to host the Hawks at 9:30 p.m. E.T. tonight.