Los Angeles Lakers head coach recently found himself on the receiving end of LaVar Ball’s criticisms once again amidst the team’s struggles. Although Walton has since made light of the situation, it was a bit discouraging for fans to see rookie point guard Lonzo Ball not come to the defense of his coach.
Fortunately, rookie power forward Kyle Kuzma took that responsibility upon himself. According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Kuzma was adamant about the team failing to uphold its duties throughout the 2017-18 NBA season:
“Yeah, it was upsetting,” Kuzma said. “I don’t think that’s the case. We lose games. At the end of the day, Luke isn’t the one going out, shooting 2-for-15, turning the ball over or missing free throws. That’s us. You can’t blame the coaching staff for everything, it’s mutual. Players mess up, coaches mess up. We as a team have to be more accountable.”
Kuzma has undoubtedly been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise tumultuous season for the Lakers. However, even the rookie phenom has experienced some inconsistent performances as of late.
Walton has received scathing criticism for Los Angeles currently being one of the worst teams in the league. Regardless, there are reports that his job does not seem to be in any jeopardy at the moment.