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NBA rumors: Luke Walton, Lakers veterans had verbal exchange after loss

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The Lakers are in a bad spot right now, and things got worse after their 115-101 loss to the Warriors on Saturday night.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Lakers coach Luke Walton got into an "emotionally charged verbal exchange" with several veteran players, including Michael Beasley, after the game at Oracle Arena.

JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson were the other Lakers veterans involved in the confrontation, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick. 

Walton has come under fire this season for the team's underwhelming play. The addition of LeBron James was expected to turn the Lakers into top contenders in the Western Conference. But after Saturday's loss, Los Angeles is 27-26 and in 10th place in the conference.

 

Walton, a former Warriors assistant, has struggled in his three seasons as Lakers coach, with a 88-129 record.