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.
As uncertainty surrounds Lakers into deadline week, several veterans -- including Michael Beasley -- had an emotionally-charged verbal exchange with head coach Luke Walton postgame tonight, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. It stopped short of turning physical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019
In postgame locker room, Luke Walton preached to players on playing unselfishly, sources said, when several veteran players snapped back. As one source described it, “Heated scene.” https://t.co/w7YXNeVgRl— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019
JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson were the other Lakers veterans involved in the confrontation, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick.
To add on here, I’m told JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley were the focus of this message and they didn’t take kindly - JaVale more than anyone. https://t.co/6phGSmLUgM— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 3, 2019
The veteran players raised their voice on topics of Walton’s playing time distribution and rotations, sources said. Hope afterward among players and coaches was that this helped cleanse issues within the team. https://t.co/NEEZ9Vyx4n— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 3, 2019
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.