Luke Walton is in favor of Lakers' retiring Pau Gasol's number

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suggested Thursday journalists should consider the source before printing comments from outspoken National Basketball Association father LaVar Ball about the job the Lakers' Luke Walton is doing coaching the young, struggling team.

Seeking multiple expiring contracts in return for some intriguing pieces that could use some new scenery, while keeping an eye on the 2018 summer, the Los Angeles Lakers should be one of the busiest teams this season.

Just look at how long he is.

At 37, Gasol is averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Spurs. 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. "They were very physical, much more physical than we were". Aldridge scored eight points and Ingram secured nine in the period. I love playing for him.

"They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were". Ingram and Caldwell-Pope edged the score up with a three-pointer each. Spurs icon Manu Ginobili returned to the hardwood to enforce a five-point run, bringing San Antonio within six points.

Los Angeles has a great opportunity to finish this homestand strongly by beating one of the best teams in the West, so look for that to happen with the team's rookies leading the way.

"We knew they was gonna do a lot of stop and rolls", he said. Clarkson doesn't seem to care where he goes at this point, but it is reported that there's mutual interest in terms of a time frame to get a deal done and that's as soon as possible.

Nance delivered a dunk to give the Lakers a 72-62 lead early in the fourth quarter before San Antonio controlled the next four-plus minutes and pulled within 77-75 on a 21-footer by Forbes with 6:23 remaining. "Different guys at different times made really big play for us, but I thought Larry's play, from the first time he checked in, to leaving him in for the entire rest of the second half, he was putting out fires on defense, he was guarding bigger players, just all over the place". LA recorded 15 steals on the night, with Ball and Caldwell-Pope combining for nine of those swipes. Here's what the Lakers can try to get from every team in the Western Conference with just him on the block. But a right ankle injury suffered by Parker during the San Antonio Spurs' 107-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday puts his status at Staples Center in doubt, while potentially giving the Purple and Gold another reason to think they might net their first three-game winning streak of the 2017-18 season.

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