LaVar Ball may have spoken Luke Walton's hot seat into existence

Lonzo Ball Lakers lose Brandon Ingram beat Mavericks in OT 107-101

After Sunday's (AEDT) overtime win over the Mavericks, the Lakers are now 15-27, the same record they held at this point last season.

However, Lakers coach Luke Walton took 33 games before he finally thrust the 6-foot 9-inch, 250-pound versatile big man into the Lakers starting lineup, though that was where most outsiders expected the forward to begin the season.

In an interview with ESPN from Lithuania, LaVar Ball said that he believes "Luke doesn't have control of the team", and that Walton is too young - though Ball also clarified that he has no inside knowledge of the Lakers' organization.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst corroborated Ball's assessment that the Lakers don't have Luke Walton's back in an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show. "I was very candid with him", Popovich said. But it's promising that these young Lakers are showing signs of getting it together.

If he continues to develop at this rate, Ingram looks set to be the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise. Defensively, however, the Lakers looked like a complete mess and lost all four games because rim protection was nearly non-existent.

LOS ANGELES - Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said he hopes to be back in action soon after missing the last three games with a strained left shoulder. As the year has played out, Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma have been earmarked as "untouchables", meaning that they won't be traded. More entertainingly, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich settled for noting that LaVar is "just another fan from the peanut gallery". Thanks to some inside scoring from LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio took the lead for the first time at just over the three minute mark.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, they find themselves buffetted on all sides at a time their brand is all-important for impressing LeBron James, Paul George et al.

And sure, those comments may have come via LaVar Ball, but the team didn't issue support for Walton to shoot them down.

"I don't know if guys expected this team just to fall and go through the motions", Gasol said. They play seven of their next team games away from the Staples Center, the first game being on Monday night at Memphis against the Grizzlies. Lonzo has also averaged 42.9 percent from the floor, a new high considering he's only shot 34.8 percent before the Spurs game.



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