Lonzo Ball double-doubles again in Lakers' win over Spurs

DALLAS TX- JANUARY 13 Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center

Lonzo Ball double-doubles again in Lakers' win over Spurs

NBA coaches, including the Dallas Mavericks' Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, rallied to Walton's defense after Ball said Walton had lost the Lakers. Should Lonzo Ball solidify things at guard, the team may be on the rise in future seasons. He gets other people easy shots. They play next in San Antonio on March 3. "Luke walton is a terrific young coach who's bringing along a young team".

Johnson's biggest task will be to give Ball - who is averaging 12 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 3.3 steals in his past three games - superstars to pass to. So it's no surprise that when he was asked about LaVar before the Spurs took on the Lakers on Wednesday, he came back with a great answer.

"You want to put somebody on the court, but you can't because of minutes", he said. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year was injured Friday during a victory against the Phoenix Suns.

"With Kobe [Bryant] gone and the young core players that we have, and I think players understand and see what Lonzo Ball brings to the table as a point guard, I really think we are in a good place and I think [Johnson] will be able to deliver next year".

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This marked the Lakers' first double-double from a player without the use of points dating back to Lamar Odom back in 2008. Lopez then missed from long range on what he admitted was a heat-check shot, but Ball was under the basket for a putback.

"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton", Windhorst said (h/t Slam's Ryne Nelson). "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more".

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The Lakers have rattled off a season-high three-game winning streak and improved to 14-27 overall since LaVar's comments were published.

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

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