Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Skip Bayless explains why 'it's Lonzo vs Luke Walton' on the Lakers

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr yells at the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday Jan. 4 2018 in Houston Skip Bayless explains why 'it's Lonzo vs Luke Walton' on the Lakers
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 08:41

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka met with the Ball family at their home in Chino Hills, both to watch Lonzo perform a second workout and to get to know his family better.

LOS ANGELES - With controversy swirling around them and frustration mounting over the past couple of tumultuous weeks, the Lakers avoided tying a franchise record low by snapping a nine-game losing streak with a desperately needed 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. As LaVar said in his introductory statements upon landing in Lithuania with his sons last week, the goal is to make it to the National Basketball Association, specifically the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 22-year-old forward is averaging 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over 38 appearances.

The Lakers have done no favors for Walton, whose already daunting task of shepherding a young team has been made more hard not only because of the youth and inexperience of the roster and Ball's ongoing commentary, but also the fact that the Lakers have six players either in the previous year of their contract or with non-guaranteed deals for next season, plus another two - Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng - that the Lakers would love to rid themselves of to create as much cap space as possible to sign free agents this summer. He finished with five points.

The coach said he understands media criticism of coaches, but doesn't appear to be a fan of it coming out of the mouth of a player's father.

Walton was not sated by the win, however. But whether we like it or not, what Ball said is news - it could affect the relationship between Walton and Lonzo Ball. Were we're going is were going away from covering the game and getting close to sensationalized news. De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and Buddy Hield scored 13. Maybe Lonzo was kind of coaching the team. Those are things you can not just dump on the coach, which is true.

As those figures indicate, the No. 2 overall pick took a step back as a scorer after he tallied double-figure efforts in his first two games back from a sprained left shoulder.

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He took what the defense was giving him, showing no fear facing one of the premier teams in the league.

"Los Angeles has given up hope on unloading Luol Deng's contract in a trade because it would simply necessitate attaching too many draft assets", he stated. "I wouldn't even try that". Lopez then missed from long range on what he admitted was a heat-check shot, but Ball was under the basket for a putback.

The Kings' inability to defend the 3-point line has been a constant.

LeBron and LaVar have already had an exchange of words before this season, and they aren't even associated with the same team. You can't get more championships.

Add Steve Kerr to the list of coaches upset with LaVar Ball and the publicity surrounding the "Kardashian of the NBA", as the Golden State Warriors coach called him. "Eleven assists and only one turnover is awesome".

Walton's team is finally starting to get healthier. The Lakers also lack contributing veteran players who can help the younger players learn how to win games.

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