For the first time since LaVar Ball's critical comments, majority owner Jeanie Buss and team president Magic Johnson tweeted support for coach Luke Walton on Saturday. The coach would eventually explain that the random drops in minutes had to do with the player's play and a standard the coach expected, i.e. there was nothing random about the minute fluctuations.
The Lakers would be idiots to fire Walton after two seasons with an absurdly young roster. Against the Spurs, the Lakers only shot 41.4 percent overall with their free throws again lacking, but Lonzo was a bright spot in the win. Head coach Luke Walton considers him day-to-day.
Or that's what the Lakers thought he said. In the meantime, there is plenty of young talent on this team to look forward to in the coming years.
Los Angeles opened an 84-74 lead going into the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 22-10 run.
Seeking multiple expiring contracts in return for some intriguing pieces that could use some new scenery, while keeping an eye on the 2018 summer, the Los Angeles Lakers should be one of the busiest teams this season.
"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton", Windhorst said.
"As soon as players get used to the way he passes and they get some really good shooters around him, I think people will really appreciate him".
Believe this: The Lakers will never have more than one Ball on their roster - if that many, assuming they can make a go of it with Lonzo.
The Golden State Warriors' head coach also implied that Ball and the media coverage he is getting was an example of how, nowadays, "it doesn't matter if there's any substance involved in an issue". No high-fives when they come out of the game.
"Which coach has LeBron (James) Tweeted about most recently?" 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. 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.
This BBB hype is nothing compared to LaVar's boast that he took LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania so both could get to the Lakers by 2020.