Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson Tweet Support Of Luke Walton Amid Distractions

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"I think the first thing to do is look at the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks", he said of Ball criticizing Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, per Bill Oram of the So Cal News Group.

On Saturday, Buss posted a photo of herself, general manager Rob Pelinka and Walton sitting together at a restaurant table while tweeting that she was on her way to Memphis for this weekend's Martin Luther King Jr. events surrounding the Lakers-Grizzlies game on Monday. "What coach got fired this year and LeBron tweeted about it?" And sure, those comments may have come via LaVar Ball, but the team didn't issue support for Walton to shoot them down.

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. Now they are just three games back of the Utah Jazz, who are 10th out west.

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Recent reports have indicated that Walton's job is safe but it's easy to see the logic here. ESPN seems to already be having a fair share of credibility issues lately and your ridiculous claims are dousing that fire with even more gasoline with this continued infatuation with LaVar Ball. As the year has played out, Ingram, Ball, and Kuzma have been earmarked as "untouchables", meaning that they won't be traded.

The Los Angeles Lakers grabbed their third straight win on Thursday night for the first time this season in a 93-81 win over the San Antonio Spurs. But after multiple meetings and pleas not to publicly disparage their team and coach, the situation remains unchanged.

After six days of speculation were met with silence from the top members of the Lakers organization, executives finally rallied around coach Luke Walton on Saturday. 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.

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of rookie guard Lonzo Ball, told reporters, "Luke doesn't have control of the team no more". Whether it was a lack of confidence or just failing to adapt to the National Basketball Association game, Ingram was struggling.

The Golden State Warriors' head coach also implied that Ball and the media coverage he is getting was an example of how, nowadays, "it doesn't matter if there's any substance involved in an issue".

This marks their first three-game winning streak of the season.

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In truth, Walton has been a godsend to the Lakers.

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