Luke Walton
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton reportedly got into a heated exchange with several veterans. Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 130-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on January 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Harry How

The Los Angeles Lakers have made headlines recently alongside Anthony Davis. But with the NBA season still ongoing, Luke Walton and his boys still need to perform. After their loss to the Golden State Warriors, things got a bit emotional in the locker room after the game.

According to Shams Charania, Walton was preaching to his players about playing unselfishly. But it seemed that some veteran players took exception and snapped back. Among the Lakers who took exception allegedly include Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee.

Thankfully, the incident did not turn physical, but it is a development that the Lakers do not need at this point. It could be a result of growing frustration from within the team.

With LeBron James sitting out, the Lakers managed to turn things around in the third quarter after previously trailing by double digits in the game. But the Warriors managed to get their act together in the final period and win the match, 115-101, CBS Sports reported.

The incident appends a previous report where the camp of James had wanted a new head coach installed. As mentioned in a previous post, Jeanie Buss said that she wanted Walton in Los Angeles and that she is backing the former LA Laker 100-percent. However, she also added that any decision that needed to be made would fall at the hands of team president Earvin Magic Johnson.

Walton, a former assistant coach with the Warriors, has struggled in his three seasons with the Lakers. So far, he has accumulated an 88-129 win-loss record calling the shot in Los Angeles, NBC reported.

Of the three veterans mentioned, Beasley was said to be one of the players who could be part of a trade for Anthony Davis. As for Stephenson and McGee, the trade deadline could see them moving elsewhere although everything depends on what the Lakers plan to do with their roster.

For Walton, it will be interesting if the Lakers will finally give up on the 38-year-old mentor. The Lakers are now 27-26 in the NBA Western Conference but are within striking distance of the magic 8. Los Angeles may need to sort things out for now and wait for the offseason to make any executive decisions.