Perhaps frustrated with the team’s six-game losing streak, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton blew a gasket in the first quarter of last night’s Lakers-Kings game and earned himself an ejection. After Julius Randle was taken to the ground by DeMarcus Cousins, Walton went after the refs and was tossed from the game.
After the contest, Walton told ESPN that he was “standing up for his guys:”
“I just felt like I needed to stand up for my guys,” Walton said after the game. “What happened on the floor wasn’t right, and my only concern is our guys in the locker room and our team. If I feel like something’s not right, I’m going to stand up for my guys.”
Randle said that he “loves Walton” and having his player’s backs makes him “wants you want to go out there and bust your butt for him:”
“Oh, I love Coach, man,” Randle said. “Coach, that’s my guy. He backs me up with everything. He has all of our backs 100 percent. I love Coach. He has our back 100 percent. It makes you want to go out there and bust your butt for him.”
Sacramento won the game 116-92. L.A. has lost seven straight.