In a weird way, LaVar Ball's blasting of Luke Walton - his son Lonzo's coach with the Los Angeles Lakers - has been a pretty good thing, because it has paved the way for coaches around the National Basketball Association to return the favor by pointing out how much of an imbecile the Ball patriarch is. "That has been revealed here, that they do not have unconditional support for Luke", Windhorst said. Caldwell-Pope and Nance Jr. caught one Spurs pass each, scoring four quick points; The Lakers were ahead 81-75 with 5:23 left in regulation.
The front office did not want to respond to comments made by a parent of a player, even if the Lakers met with LaVar Ball earlier in the season to ask him to tone down his previous criticism of Walton and the coaching staff being "soft" on the rookie point guard while also harping on how they were using the Lonzo Ball in the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez added 18 points.
Caldwell-Pope split a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 95-93 lead. I think we're competing harder and we're executing better. This past July, the two went toe-to-toe at NBA Las Vegas Summer League, where Zo (16 points, four rebounds, 10 assists) led the Lakers to a 108-98 win over Dennis (21 points, three rebounds, six assists) and the Mavs.
Spurs: Pau Gasol had nine points and 12 rebounds in the 37-year-old Spaniard's latest return to the city where he won two championships alongside Kobe Bryant, whose two retired jersey numbers now hang in the Staples Center rafters.
Dallas began a 10-0 run in the final minute of the third quarter and took an 80-70 lead on Dirk Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 9:32 to play. The Lakers would tie it back up thanks to a three-pointer from Brandon Ingram. Wojnarowski says that the deal is supposed to be signed Wednesday so he can be eligible to play on Thursday in the game against the San Antonio Spurs. "It's just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless".More news: IRS rolls out new tax tables
Nevertheless, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that this could be Walton's last season on the job.
Leonard's status for Saturday night's home game against the Denver Nuggets is uncertain. "You know, he's going to be involved in some kind of action".
"I thought Larry's play, from the first time he checked in, to leaving him in for the entire rest of the of the second half, he was putting out fires on defense", Walton said.
The Lakers, 14-27, are en route to Dallas for a matchup against the Mavericks tomorrow night, followed by road games in Memphis and Oklahoma City next week.