Lakers do not support Luke Walton completely, may be eyeing David Fizdale


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.

Following the game, head coach Luke Walton praised his young forward's performance that saw him shoot a career-high 21 attempts, but at the same time voiced that he wants him to stay within the flow of the game.

In an interview with ESPN's Jeff Goodman, LaVar Ball says the Lakers are not playing for coach Luke Walton any longer and the second-year coach has lost control of the team.

Several prominent National Basketball Association coaches voiced support for Lakers head coach Luke Walton this week, but none spoke as forcefully against his chief antagonist, LaVar Ball, as Gregg Popovich did on Thursday.

Rumor even has it that David Fizdale, fired from Memphis earlier this season, is someone that the organization is considering should Walton get the boot. It appears to all be coming together for the Lakers media star. Everyone, including Luke Walton, wants to be the Spurs.

"Big shoes to fill", said Worthy, now a Lakers analyst for Spectrum SportsNet.

"He helped me a lot with development, with my whole game", Dorsey said.

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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.

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. I think they took him back to get some X-rays. It may be Lonzo Ball's time to show us why he was so highly praised in his UCLA days.

And sure, those comments may have come via LaVar Ball, but the team didn't issue support for Walton to shoot them down.

There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, erasing the 80-70 lead that Dallas had taken early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki. Often, Randle would argue with his coach late in games when being pulled out or visibly sulk on the bench when Walton went with other alternatives like standout rookie Kyle Kuzma, veteran center Brook Lopez or defensive-minded Larry Nance Jr.

"Our defense was not very good at the rim, and when you do that you're going to have these kinds of results", Anderson said.

The Lakers go on a three-game road trip, starting with the Dallas Mavericks on January 13 at 11:00 A.M. PST.