Friday, 16 November, 2018

Why Steve Kerr is right about LaVar Ball and media culture

Why Steve Kerr is right about LaVar Ball and media culture Why Steve Kerr is right about LaVar Ball and media culture
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 08:38

Kerr is talking about weighty issues, and as usual, speaking with authority and competence, but these things aren't going to be fixed overnight, even if we somehow banned LaVar Ball from appearing online or on television ever again. People are eating out of his hands for no apparent reason. That sells, and that's what's true in politics, entertainment and now in sports. It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved in an issue. It's just, can we make it interesting for no apparent reason?

"There's nothing interesting about that story", Kerr continued.

Ball recently started another media firestorm by suggesting that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had lost the team and players "don't want to play for him", while the team was in the midst of a losing streak.

Back in December, the Los Angeles Lakers organization, where Ball's oldest son, former UCLA Bruin Lonzo Ball is now playing for, enacted the "LaVar Ball Rule".

But not everyone on the Lakers find themselves on board with Ball's assessment. So this is not an ESPN judgement, it's a societal thing more than anything. And Kerr isn't alone. If Trump made a comment like that, it's easy to imagine Van Gundy or Gregg Popovich ranting and raving about the sanctity of a free press.

Van Gundy told reporters today that he will refuse to participate in ESPN's pre-game and in-game interviews because he does not feel that the company respects coaches.

"Man, if I tried one-hundredth of what LaVar does, Klay would disown me as a parent", Mychal said last month on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. Just don't let LaVar Ball hear that. "However, all signs are pointing toward the eldest member of the Ball family not being able to speak this pipe dream into existence". Who cares if a basketball coach understands how TV works? Multibillion-dollar media organizations are privy to scores of analytics that measure audience engagement.

Despite Lonzo Ball having a much more laid back personality compared to his father, he hasn't done much to help stop the provocative commentary before it gets to far.

Goodman's article received a vicious back lash, one that got the attention from many in the National Basketball Association. That's an unfortunate reality in the for-profit news industry.

Per an Eastern Conference executive, Clarkson is probably the most attractive of the three rumored players, followed by Nance, then Randle, who he called an undersized center who will expect to be compensated this summer.
Seeking to capitalize, The Athletic trumpeted a "no LaVar Ball" policy as part of a push to try the subscription service. Most sports stories are superfluous.

Carlisle, who worked as an ESPN analyst while between coaching jobs during the 2007-08 season, referred to ESPN as a partner of the league and mentioned that coaches grant the network access and interviews because of that partnership. But in reality, they're being vindictive babies.