Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism

DALLAS TX- JANUARY 13 Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 09:05

To San Antonio's advantage, however, they have one of the most brilliant coaching minds the league has ever seen - Gregg Popovich. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year was injured Friday during a victory against the Phoenix Suns.

San Antonio (28-14) might also be without its starting backcourt.

The Spurs, winners 107-100 over the Sacramento Kings on Monday, have alternated wins and losses recently.

Leonard and Parker missed the first 27 and 19 games, respectively, this season while recovering from quadriceps issues.

"It's disappointing. We need him", Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it has been hard finding the right combinations with so many key players out. "He started to feel better, to feel good, and then we lose him for a few games and we don't know how many".

Paul Dunne ready to perform in potential Ryder Cup audition
No, Woods has never captained a team event, but he has played on 15 USA teams between the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. The Europeans will be guided by future Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, while Arjun Atwal takes charge of Team Asia.

"You look at what Magic has been able to do throughout his basketball career, [and] in his post-basketball career, he's been able to manifest pretty good deals", the former Lakers great said.

The Lakers have shown signs of life in their last two wins, but those came against the Hawks and the Kings which is hardly anything to write home about these days.

NBA coaches, including the Dallas Mavericks' Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, rallied to Walton's defense after Ball said Walton had lost the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting Thursday, to go with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 5 turnovers in Thursday's 93-81 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr is the latest National Basketball Association coach to speak up against the attention that sports media outlets are giving to LaVar Ball. "He makes winning plays for us. So, he impacted the game on both ends of the floor, and he's a big part of why we won (Tuesday night)".

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