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LaVar Ball: Lakers 'don't want to play' for coach Luke Walton

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Monday Jan. 8 2018 in Sacramento Calif. The Spurs won 107-100 Lakers need overtime but pick up fourth consecutive win with 107-101 victory over Mavericks
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2018, 12:06

It's not time for Luke Walton to put his house on the market quite yet.

In the annals of problem parents, this is beyond the Marv Marinoviches. "We just weren't able to stop them". I would usually be all over the Spurs in this matchup, but I actually think this a good spot for the Lakers to get the cover at home while the Spurs are so shorthanded.

Furious though the Lakers were, they were afraid to reply and make the story even bigger. I love playing for him.

Wait a year or two to see if Luke's still here. Now averaging career-highs in all key stats, Ingram has become a core player for the Lakers.

The Lakers are in the middle of a three-game winning streak, and L.A. appears to have missed a clear window to kick Walton to the curb - for now.

"The guys don't talk about it", Lakers forward said of the drama and speculation surrounding Walton. As the year has played out, Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma have been earmarked as "untouchables", meaning that they won't be traded.

It was less than a month ago that the Lakers brass met with Ball about toning down criticism of Walton, the Lakers and how the franchise was handling Lonzo Ball, who returned Friday after missing six games with a sprained left shoulder.

Whether it's handling external missives or keeping players engaged amid another losing season, Walton is "way more than ready to handle this situation", Popovich said.

Los Angeles followed with a 16-4 burst with Caldwell-Pope scoring eight of the points, including a 3-pointer to cap the spurt to give the Lakers a 68-57 lead.

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Suggesting how secure Walton feels, he joked about lifting Lonzo in the win over Atlanta because "his father was talking (trash)". Thanks to some inside scoring from LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio took the lead for the first time at just over the three minute mark.

We're not talking about Pau and Marc Gasol.

A number of National Basketball Association coaches were furious that ESPN published and featured Ball's comments prominently, including Rick Carlisle and Stan Van Gundy, who threatened to quit participating in interviews in games televised by ESPN. Detroit's Stan Van Gundy proposed a boycott of the network.

Gregg Popovich is frequently asked to weigh in on issues.

Randle spent most of the season using his superior athleticism to get the better of backup centers and power forwards as a scorer. Three of those first four starts were ugly, non-competitive affairs.

The San Antonio Spurs have split their last six games but they will be looking to build on Monday's 107-100 road win over the Kings.

Certain segments of sports media continue to sow supposed doubts about Luke Walton's status with the Los Angeles Lakers by way of LaVar Ball.

Or maybe No. 2 is bad and No. 1 is worse. "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family".

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