Remember, it was Ball who called out Walton last season and said he had lost the Lakers' locker room, and although Walton brushed off the comments with some humor, Ball's comments echoed through the media for weeks.
Portland's opening night hero Nik Stauskas left the arena with a glum look, his wife and family in tow, as Luke Walton praised his team's defensive effort. With the slow start to the season so far, Luke Walton may be under pressure from the front office to perform sooner rather than later.
The Los Angeles Lakers returned home from a two-game road trip with a pair of losses to add to their record, falling to the Spurs 110-106 on Saturday and the Timberwolves 124-120 on Monday. While the margin is razor thin, having a negative point differential at this point in the season is unaceptable for a team of the caliber the Lakers aim to be at.
Asked if he believed he retained support of management, Walton replied: "I feel like I have a great relationship with management". Los Angeles narrowly escaped with a 114-113 win over Dallas, which continued to show the weaknesses of this team.
"We have been saying since the beginning that we need to be patient", Walton said. The Lakers have underwhelmed thus far through almost 10 percent of the National Basketball Association season and have started the season with a 3-5 record. Is Walton going to be fired?
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"We know where we're going and we know what it takes to get there". This is something that we do all the time.
"For us to be able to snap that versus a very good team obviously and then for us to come here, we haven't played as well as we'd like to on the road in one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference, it was a good win for us". "That's not where we're at as a group, so a lot of it is feel", Walton noted. So none of that stuff matters to me. Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. It feels good knowing that our team is getting better.
LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition.
"I don't like to assume that people know what I'm thinking".