Lakers do not support Luke Walton completely, may be eyeing David Fizdale

Lonzo Ball Lakers lose Brandon Ingram beat Mavericks in OT 107-101

Lonzo Ball Lakers lose Brandon Ingram beat Mavericks in OT 107-101

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.

Earlier this week, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Ball the "Kardashian of the National Basketball Association", and Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle scolded ESPN for running the story. San Antonio played the Lakers on Thursday, which offered reporters the ideal opportunity to ask Popovich for his opinion on what has transpired between Walton and LaVar in recent days, and Popovich was prepared for the moment. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer.

The Lakers are in the middle of a three-game winning streak, and L.A. appears to have missed a clear window to kick Walton to the curb - for now. In the case of Luke Walton, that argument tends to come from frustration stemming from the young core still not quite where we all want them to be.

Randle scored six points in overtime, including a fadeaway shot with 2:35 remaining that gave the Lakers a 102-99 lead.

The move helped the Lakers to a 93-81 victory, their third straight win after a rough stretch of games in recent weeks.

Curry sat out a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and the win at Milwaukee with a sore right ankle, the same injury that kept him out of 11 games in December. The primary owner of the Lakers wants to reassure Walton of the team's commitment to him as coach, now and in the future, sources said.

Believe this: The Lakers will never have more than one Ball on their roster - if that many, assuming they can make a go of it with Lonzo.

But on Thursday night, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shared what might be the strongest take on the situation yet.

Randle spent most of the season using his superior athleticism to get the better of backup centers and power forwards as a scorer.

This BBB hype is nothing compared to LaVar's boast that he took LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania so both could get to the Lakers by 2020.

I'm going to discuss how Randle and Noel would fit and benefit from this simple swap, beginning with a hometown return for Julius Randle.

The Lakers, 14-27, are en route to Dallas for a matchup against the Mavericks tomorrow night, followed by road games in Memphis and Oklahoma City next week.

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