InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach


InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach

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.

First, LaVar Ball critiqued the fact that he felt Walton wasn't the right coach for his son, and then later went on to talk in a separate interview about his perception of things being that the Lakers don't want to play for Walton at all. Instead, the younger Ball insisted that he'll "play for anybody" while Kyle Kuzma didn't mince words in his backing of Walton. However, he is far from the only coach to take umbrage with giving Ball-who is the father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball-a voice in the media.

Buss also posted a picture of herself out at dinner with general manager Rob Pelinka and Luke Walton while tweeting that she was on her way to Memphis for the Lakers' upcoming matchup with the Grizzlies.

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

Lou Williams scored 26 points as the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 126-105 to be 21-21 at the National Basketball Association season's halfway mark. Walton and the Lakers (14-27) have since rebounded with their first three-game winning streak of the season after knocking off the Spurs (28-15) on Thursday night. As the year has played out, Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma have been earmarked as "untouchables", meaning that they won't be traded.

And sure, those comments may have come via LaVar Ball, but the team didn't issue support for Walton to shoot them down. It's telling that the likes of Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, among others, can't stop singing Walton's praises.

Like Ingram, Nance has hit his stride recently, putting up 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last three games while shooting 16-of-21 from the field - mostly by waiting for playmakers to find him cutting to the hoop.

I'm going to discuss how Randle and Noel would fit and benefit from this simple swap, beginning with a hometown return for Julius Randle. But those are the guys that sometimes understand the game better because it comes a little tougher to them. Now averaging career-highs in all key stats, Ingram has become a core player for the Lakers. We'd been in overtime games before, so let's take it possession by possession.