Lakers could replace Luke Walton with David Fizdale as head coach

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

From there, it was smooth sailing to victory for a team that has been dealing with stormy waters all winter long.

In the nick of time, the Lakers won three in a row ... whether or not the credit goes to the Luke and the players.

After Barnes tied the score, the Lakers inbounded to Randle, who attempted to back down Dwight Powell but lost the ball as he tried to turn.

Ball, who was up at 5 a.m. local time Saturday to watch his son Lonzo Ball in his first game back with the Lakers since suffering a sprained shoulder on December 23, expressed his frustration with Walton in an exclusive interview with ESPN. "So, if you want to send it to me later I'll take a look, but I know they support me".

It started when Lakers owner Jeanie Buss tweeted during the first quarter of the Lakers 107-101 win over Dallas that she en route to Memphis for the Lakers game on Martin Luther King Jr. "It's a very precise game, and when you have the ball that much you are going to be in situations where you have to make decisions and make plays - and he's learning a lot about those kinds of things". Since then he's averaging 11.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting. The reliable forward Brandon Ingram landed nine points. Julius Randle held his starting spot and finished the night with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. "I don't think anyone likes losing, especially with some of the talent we have in this room and how hard we work in practice". I'm sure most of us love playing for him too.

And while his assist total of three didn't quite show it, Ingram also did a nice job creating opportunities for others, with a potential assist, hockey assist and free throw assist all in the first quarter. Former Laker Kent Bazemore scored 15 points for a Hawks team that seemed over-matched on the night. The 20-year old point guard says he can feel the waves coming in but Kuzma ain't buying it.

However, Walton shared that Ball was a bit tired and asked for early substitutions.

The Lakers went to the fourth-year forward during the final possession of the fourth quarter and the ball squirted away from him before he could get a shot off.

Walton has been the subject of criticism from LaVar Ball, father of Lakers rookie Lonzo, including last week, when he said the team has turned on its head coach.

Which makes it all the more odd Lakers president Magic Johnson hasn't publicly backed Walton since LaVar's criticism. "Nobody wants to. But our bosses tell us we have to, because of the ratings, because of the readership.' Somewhere - I guess (LaVar) is in Lithuania - LaVar Ball is laughing at all of us", Kerr added.

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