Gregg Popovich Throws Shade At LaVar Ball, Calls His Opinion 'Meaningless'

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LaVar Ball told ESPN recently that, "You can see (the Lakers are) not playing for Luke no more".

The comments stirring controversy regarding LaVar Ball's thoughts about Lakers head coach Luke Walton may not have been a random shot for attention. The Mavericks (15-28) return home to American Airlines Center off a surprising back-to-back sweep earlier this week.

I usually stay away from discussing what-if trade scenarios, but it's tough to ignore the noise around this Lakers team, A name that's been mentioned in trade talks since the offseason is fourth-year forward Julius Randle.

Consecutive baskets by Barnes and Smith pushed Dallas within 94-93 with 14 seconds left. The Lakers won in overtime, 107-101. Ball is the father of Los Angeles rookie Lonzo Ball. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Lakers would tie it back up thanks to a three-pointer from Brandon Ingram. "We're a resilient group", said Harrison Barnes, the team's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game.

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Halfway through another mostly miserable season, the young Los Angeles Lakers have put together their longest winning streak of the year.

According to one ESPN reporter, the silence is an indication that Walton doesn't have full support from the team. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17. He, too, has a triple-double (21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists vs. the New Orleans Pelicans), but tallied seven turnovers in the same game.

It was a nip-and-tuck performance by the Lakers (15-27).

The Lakers (15-27) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, but battled back for their first win against the Mavericks in 15 tries and their first win in Dallas since February 24, 2013. After getting retaped, he returned to the game before being pulled from the contest.

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Wesley Matthews made a pair of free throws with 42 seconds remaining in overtime.

That's not to say that they agree with Ball's assessment, however, the word coming from the Lakers camp is that management supports Walton despite Ball throwing him under the bus, or do they?

After Randle almost turned it over, Ball picked up the basketball and forced up a desperation shot that was well short. 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.

Ingram went to the locker room in the first quarter after suffering what the team called a "tweak".

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Hoekstra urged the press to move on from the issue, but to no avail. "Please accept my apology", he said. Later, after being played a recording of his comment, he denied that he had called it fake news.

The Lakers had competitive energy early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 20-15 advantage.

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