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

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

The Lakers (14-27) have reeled off three wins in a row after a nine-game skid, culminating in Thursday's 93-81 home win over San Antonio behind 26 points from Brandon Ingram.

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LOS ANGELES - Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker just can't seem to shake the injury bug this season.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers look to have recovered from their nine-game absence as they'll be gunning for a third straight win after taking down the Kings by 99-86 on Tuesday. He scored 22 points with 14 rebounds and had a plus/minus rating of 33.

In addition to Leonard, there is a good chance the Spurs will also be without Parker, who the club listed as doubtful after he sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 107-100 win over Sacramento. Green missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin strain.




The Lakers racked up 15 steals, including five by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and four by Ball. He responded with a calculated takedown of LaVar in which he referred to the Ball family patriarch as "just another fan in the peanut gallery" and said his opinion is "meaningless".

Talks eventually broke down, but they could pick back up if the Lakers can't find a suitable partner to attach Luol Deng's bad contract or another player to offload.

LaVar Ball had some not-so-nice things to say about Lakers head coach Luke Walton last weekend, and ever since then, there have been a number of National Basketball Association head coaches who have shared their thoughts on what LaVar had to say. "Nobody wants to. But our bosses tell us we have to, because of the ratings, because of the readership.' Somewhere - I guess (LaVar) is in Lithuania - LaVar Ball is laughing at all of us", Kerr added. I love playing for him. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.' He laughed, (and) I said, 'But short of that, I'm your best buddy, because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere. "But to say, 'Every night we want you to come out and take 21 shots, ' no, that's not what we're looking for, but there will definitely be nights when that happens".

So long as the Purple and Gold keep building on the strides they've made since Lonzo returned from his shoulder injury, they should have a shot against the banged-up Spurs.

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.


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