Popovich defends Laker's Walton in wake of Ball's criticism

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Johnson set an extremely high bar for the past two No. 2 overall picks respectively. These are certainly big compliments, but at the same time give the Lakers rookie very big shoes to fill.

San Antonio now heads to Los Angeles as part of a three game road trip before returning home to play Denver on Saturday night. Lonzo Ball, for sure, presents some of the talents that Magic had.

With so many players missing, tonight's game is another opportunity for young players like Bertans, guard Bryn Forbes, and Kyle Anderson to get extended minutes. They play next in San Antonio on March 3.

Lonzo Ball hit 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-7 3-pointers for 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and five turnovers in Thursday's 93-81 win over the Spurs. "When Magic is in the room, that is a major asset trying to recruit".

After losing ine games in a row, the Lakers put together back-to-back wins after Monday's win over the Atlanta Hawks. Sadly, that is the Lakers' record for their longest win streak of the season.

However, Kerr and other National Basketball Association coaches were recently prompted to speak up against Ball's recent tirades that were aimed at L.A. Lakers head coach Luke Walton. It has been and will probably continue to be a tough season for Laker fans, but the young stars on the team have shown glimpses of stardom so the future looks bright.

The trade proposal I am going to talk about has no rumblings outside of initial talks in mid-December before breaking down, but is the one that would actually work out for both sides. [Kyle] Kuzma has been pretty dynamic as a rookie and has probably been the biggest surprise in the National Basketball Association amongst first-year players, maybe even some second-year players. "For a player who only had one year in college, his ability to come in as a driver right away, then they took that away, he shoots the outside jumper. I like what Magic said".