Lakers News: Luke Walton Calls Jamal Murray ‘Disrespectful,’ Lonzo Ball Says Dribbling Taunt Was ‘Punk Move’
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Playing at Pepsi Center for the second time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers essentially had a repeat of their first visit. They went cold down the stretch, turned the ball over, and grew agitated with Jamal Murray in a loss.

Back on Dec. 2, Murray dribbled the ball around Lonzo Ball as the clock ticked down. Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram went to foul Murray, and Randle then had words for seventh overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

On Friday night, Murray appeared to shout in Ball’s direction after stealing a pass that wrapped up the Nuggets’ victory. Lakers head coach Luke Walton yelled at Murray, and Isaiah Thomas had a lengthy conversation with him during and after free throws.

Following the Lakers’ loss, Walton explained his reaction was a result of Murray’s behavior in the two games, per Bill Oram of the Southern California News Group:

“I felt like for the second time we played here, Murray was being a little disrespectful at the end of the game,” Walton said. He called it “trash talking toward our guys,” but declined to elaborate.

Ball said the Lakers were cognizant of Murray’s dribbling act, though otherwise didn’t want to lend more attention to the topic:

“We all remembered it,” Ball said. “It’s a punk move. But like I said, we’re not going to get into it. He can do whatever he’s going to do. … He’s going to do the circus stuff, I’m not really feeding into it.”

Other Lakers largely declined to address the matter. Many declared not to have heard Murray’s purported trash-talking during the game.

After the December incident, Murray was remorseful and admitted to unnecessarily pushing the envelope. He was much more unapologetic the second time around.

Whether there’s any carryover will be answered in timely fashion, as the Lakers host the Nuggets on Tuesday for their fourth and final matchup this season.

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: Personnel Might Stay Same Even If Dwight Howard Walks

There has been a lot of Dwight Howard news this weekend. The…

LeBron James, Luke Walton Mindful Of Nikola Jokic’s Impact As Playmaker As Lakers Look To Snap Losing Streak

In the third and final matchup of the 2018-19 NBA season, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Nikola Jokic…

Mitch Kupchak Expects Kobe Bryant To Be “As Focused And Driven As Ever”

The Lakers are feeling optimistic and are projecting their superstar and leader…

Lakers News: Brandon Ingram Listed Among NBA Sophomores Ready To Break Out

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram was listed by Bleacher Report as an NBA sophomore that is ready to breakout this season…