Lakers Stung By Hornets, Losing Streak At Nine

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It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he'll get.

The father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball now is in Lithuania with his two other sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, as they prepare for their debuts with club team Prienu Vytautas.

For the Lakers, Lonzo Ball is probable after missing a few games with a shoulder injury and Brook Lopez is set to return from an ankle injury. Currently, the Lakers sit at 11-27, the worst mark in the Western Conference and the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association. "He's too young. He has no control".

As time is expiring in the Nuggets' win over the Lakers, Jamal Murray dribbles the ball around Lonzo Ball, and Julius Randle doesn't like it. "You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player".

"That's a good team", said Ball, who met with the Los Angeles front office last month and was asked to tone down his Walton criticism. Ball was handed his first technical foul for what he said was complaining about a call against him to Walton before lead official Marc Davis overheard him and handed him a tech with 2:24 left.

The 37-year-old Walton, a prized catch from Golden State, is in his second year with the Lakers. "He was ready to play".


Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-94 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

"I don't think I deserved a tech for that", the normally reserved Ball said. If they blew a 20-point lead or fell behind big, the Lakers often managed to be in those games and compete to the end. "Don't try and monitor no minutes, put on restrictions". According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hornets are 2-point road favorites versus the Lakers, who also opened as a 2-point underdog.

"He was ready to play", LaVar said, before criticizing Walton for interrupting Lonzo's rhythm.

"LeBron's coming to L.A". "I know how to coach him. Go to Lakers and win a championship, then you're better than Jordan". Give him LeBron and [LiAngelo]. You can't give my son the best player in the league, and don't expect them not to win.

The Utah product went 2-for-14 from the floor on Friday night at the Staples Center finishing with nearly as many personal fouls (3) as points (4).

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