Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma is standing behind Coach Luke Walton after LaVar Ball's claim that Walton has "lost the team".
"Luke is my guy. I love playing for him," Kuzma said Monday per Los Angeles Times Tanya Ganguli. "We just gotta stay locked in as a family and listen to the people that matter in our basketball lives". We stand by luke. I know the front office does.
Ball started this when he said this to ESPN's Jeff Goodman:
"That's a good team. Nobody want's to play for him. I can see it. No-high fives when they come out of games. People don't know they're in a game. He's too young. He's too young. He ain't connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he's not connecting with not one player.
Lonzo Ball responded by saying he'll "play for anybody" and "[doesn't] decide who coaches, according to ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk. Walton added he believes his players are "100 percent behind and supporting what we're doing."
Walton also made light of the situation after the Lakers' 132-113 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. He told reporters he had removed Lonzo from the game because LaVar "was talking s--t," per Youngmisuk