Steve Kerr Criticizes Sports Media Coverage of LaVar Ball's Tirades

Steve Kerr Criticizes Sports Media Coverage of LaVar Ball's Tirades

LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 31 points on 13 of 20 shooting, Davis Bertans drained six treys to finish with 28 points off the bench while Patty Mills chipped in with 14 points and five assists.

Nearly 6,000 miles away from the Los Angeles Lakers' home, LaVar Ball riled up coaches, former players, an analysts when he all but called for the job of head coach Luke Walton.

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.

The Lakers beat Popovich's Spurs 93-81 on Thursday night thanks to an intense defensive effort in the second half which didn't suggest a team quitting on its coach.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported early Friday when appearing on the Rich Eisen show that Lakers management does not support Walton as much as initially thought, and they are already looking at former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale as a near future replacement for Walton. As a team, the Spurs shot 49 percent from the field and 11 of 26 from the three-point line as they dominated the second half by 61-44 to run away with the game after a slow first half.

"You want to put somebody on the court, but you can't because of minutes", he said. "We made too many mental mistakes, made some really bad turnovers that are just head-scratchers".

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Los Angeles opened an 84-74 lead going into the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 22-10 run. Lopez then missed from long range on what he admitted was a heat-check shot, but Ball was under the basket for a putback. Walton wants him to be just as willing to pass when driving down the lane now that Randle is becoming a more regular presence in the starting lineup.

"Just continue to be aggressive", Ingram said. He also revealed that he had been asking people from the media why they continued covering what Ball says.

Lakers: Ball had his ninth career double-double.

Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday and the Kings on Tuesday.

The Spurs on Wednesday ruled Leonard out for Thursday night's game against the Lakers.

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