LaVar Ball was right, the Lakers don't support Luke Walton

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"I'm not meeting with their announcing crew before the game, I'm not doing the in-game interview", Van Gundy said.

Both disputed LaVar Ball's assertion that Walton had lost the team and Lonzo Ball had to field numerous questions about his father's opinion and if he agreed.

Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, said it's a "disgrace" that ESPN published LaVar Ball's comments critical of Lakers coach Luke Walton.

"Luke has been schooled in this game from the time he was a little kid", Popovich said. A groin injury would sideline Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard was also out because of a left shoulder strain.

The Lakers racked up 15 steals, including five by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and four by Ball.

"It is our job to come in here and listen to our head coach every single day and listen to the assistants", added Ingram, who led eight Lakers in double figures with 20 points and seven assists. San Antonio sports an intriguing mix of productive veterans (LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills) and steady youngsters (Kyle Anderson, Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans) capable of picking up the slack in Pop's system.

As Nance led the way, the Lakers' defense came away with 15 steals and held their visitors to 40.8 percent shooting. Los Angeles kept their lead and forced turnovers.

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"They were very physical - much more physical than we were", Popovich said.

At 37, Gasol is averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Spurs. Caldwell-Pope made the correct play and found Nance on an alley-oop, but the pass was behind the forward. Spurs icon Manu Ginobili returned to the hardwood to enforce a five-point run, bringing San Antonio within six points. Ball helped push the pace to a new speed for the run-focused Lakers, who had 42 fast-break points. "He's really intelligent, he's got a lot of interests, a real worldly guy".

LA Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. was called the "Most Valuable Player" of the game by his coach after Thursday's win over the San Antonio Spurs, and Nance spoke about the game and his highlight dunk in the Lakers' locker room.

"I thought Larry's play, from the first time he checked in, to leaving him in for the entire rest of the of the second half, he was putting out fires on defense", Walton said.

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.

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.

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