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Lakers news: Luke Walton jokes that he took Lonzo Ball out due to LaVar Ball

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers finally snapped their nine-game losing streak on Sunday night with a convincing win over the Atlanta Hawks

It also marked the second the game back for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball since returning from a shoulder injury. Ball recorded a well-rounded performance with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in 30 minutes played. However, what drew attention after the game was head coach Luke Walton‘s decision to sub out the 20-year-old midway through the first quarter. 

Following the game, Walton decided to put his own little twist on the situation by taking a friendly jab at LaVar Ball. 

All of this comes just less than a day after LaVar voiced in a recent interview with Jeff Goodman of ESPN that he thinks the players are no longer playing for Walton given what their recent trend south over the last couple of weeks. Prior to the game, Walton had voiced that he doesn’t put any weight into the comments but did note he would speak to Lonzo on the matter. 

In the meantime, the rookie point guard did quickly brush the comments when asked about his thoughts concerning what his head coach said while stating that he did ask to be subbed out of the game at that point to gather his himself. 

These light-hearted and clearly joking stance from Walton will get blown out of proportion leading to much misinterpretation of the situation. It is bound to create some sort of headway with various major news outlets on Monday making it bulletin board material to bring more attention to the standing between the Lakers and LaVar. 

Ultimately, these comments from Walton will make their way back around to LaVar in a brief amount of time to where he is sure to give a strong response to it like he has in any other situation. In other words, there should be much more to come on this front in the coming days. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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