LaVar Ball, who was with youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo while they play with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the 37-year-old Walton has lost the team. Several other Mavericks' players joined him in double figures scoring. On Thursday, Luke Walton's young squad upset Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs 93-81 behind 26 points from second-year forward Brandon Ingram. Conspicuously, that list didn't include a single person from Lakers management.
That alone seems like a good sign for Walton, but in addition, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that Buss sent the tweet as a show of public support for Walton following the recent criticism and rumors.
"Jeanie has always been great", said Walton, who has met with Johnson and says he has received support from the front office as the Lakers continue to rebuild.
"That is now crystal clear".
The Lakers live for the day they no longer hear his name, but there's no pretending he doesn't exist - as they're trying to do - or that his latest rip of Luke Walton wasn't a distraction, or that it's not damaging their brand as they prepare to pursue elite free agents.
Does this mean Luke Walton is definitely out? Meanwhile, the Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
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But this is the Lakers, whose drama is only paralleled by that of the Knicks.
The team is now in the midst of a full rebuild and have Kuzma and young Brandon Ingram pairing to make a potential quality tandem in the frontcourt. Along with rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, Ingram is a part of what is known as the untouchable trio.
But politically, there's another motive, and L.A. has to be all in on LeBron James this summer.
"I got executives in my ear, I got agents in my ear, saying, "Oh yeah, they're probably going to hire David Fizdale", Windhorst said.
Fizdale was surprisingly fired by Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season, potentially after a falling out with Marc Gasol.
"We turned up our defensive intensity, got some stops and were able to get on a run", coach Walton said after the game. Maybe, just maybe, the idea of a reunion in L.A. could draw interest from The King.
"The guys don't talk about it", Lakers forward said of the drama and speculation surrounding Walton.