LaVar Ball has again criticized Luke Walton just a few weeks after Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka met with him privately.

Sources close to Walton said he's more annoyed by the distraction than concerned about his job security.

Sunday night, Walton even tried to defuse the situation with a bit of humor. Asked why he substituted Lonzo early in the first quarter, Walton deadpanned, "His dad was talking s---, so I took him out early." Two seconds later he smiled and said, "Just kidding."

A source close to Lonzo Ball said he's more concerned with establishing himself in the league and helping the team get out of its recent struggles than wading into a controversy between his dad and the coach. 

LaVar Ball's comments drew sharp criticism from Rick Carlisle, who also accused ESPN of giving him a platform.