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LaVar Ball says Lakers don't know how to coach son Lonzo

LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Lakers' staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son, Lonzo -- be tougher on him.

"They're soft. They don't know how to coach my son," Ball told the website during a recent interview. "I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around."

LaVar Ball said he does not take issue with the job Lakers coach Luke Walton has done during the team's 7-10 start to the season.

"I have a problem with losing," he said.

Lonzo Ball has been struggling with his shot -- 31 percent from the field and a scoring average of 8.9 points in his first 17 games as a pro -- but his contributions go beyond points.

The Bleacher Report story noted that Lonzo Ball has credited Lakers assistant Brian Shaw with urging him to be proactive on the boards, and it's one way Ball fills up a box score. The rookie guard is averaging 7.1 rebound and 7.1 assists.

His father pointed out that if the staff was tougher on Lonzo, the Lakers would have more success in the earlygoing of his son's career.

"Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That's why I'm down here saying, 'Rebound,'" LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report. "He's been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game -- they're trying to baby him a little bit."