The Lakers' internal opinion of coach Luke Walton has been a hot topic of discussion after rookie point guard Lonzo Ball's father recently told ESPN that "nobody wants to play for him".
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst (appearing on the Rich Eisen Show), several National Basketball Association executives and agents believe the Lakers will fire Walton and already have their eyes on his successor.
Whether it's handling external missives or keeping players engaged amid another losing season, Walton is "way more than ready to handle this situation", Popovich said. The statement got a lot of backlash not only from a few players in the Lakers' locker room but also throughout the league from other head coaches. But it's promising that these young Lakers are showing signs of getting it together.
"Because that has been revealed here: That they do not have unconditional support for Luke".
Randle scored six points in overtime, including a fadeaway shot with 2:35 remaining that gave the Lakers a 102-99 lead. Los Angeles entered the Thursday night tilt coming off of back-to-back home wins over the Kings and Atlanta Hawks.
With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they preserved to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games.
"And they say, 'Well, we don't want to".
And if the last four games are a preview of what's to come, he is going to be a problem for defenses for years.
Elsewhere, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle called ESPN covering Ball "a disgrace" and suggested the network should "back up coaches" because they provide so much access throughout the season, per Chris Walder of The Score. Thanks to some inside scoring from LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio took the lead for the first time at just over the three minute mark. I'm sure most of us love playing for him too. They play seven of their next team games away from the Staples Center, the first game being on Monday night at Memphis against the Grizzlies. Now averaging career-highs in all key stats, Ingram has become a core player for the Lakers.