Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was “happy” to…

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton was “happy” to see that LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA Bruins teammates returned from China safe and sound after their arrest for allegedly shoplifting from three high-end luxury stores, including Louis Vuitton—not just for their sake, but also for Lonzo Ball’s. “It’s got to be kind of a little scary for them to be in another country and not know what’s going on,” Walton said after Lakers practice on Tuesday. “So obviously, I’m happy whether it’s them or any college kids returning home. I think Lonzo’s handled it well, so I’m happy for him obviously that his brother is home safe and everything else.”
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Think about it. It’s fair to wonder if the Jazz even wanted to win. Put yourself in Dennis Lindsey’s shoes. The Jazz GM has a solid team, a frontline center and an exciting rookie to build around. But he needs another star. The top of the draft looks chock full of them. So maybe, with your team stinking up the joint in January, you sit Gobert a few more weeks and join the race to the bottom. Earlier this week, I asked Jazz coach Quin Snyder if he ever had those conversations. “Never,” Snyder said. “That’s just not how we do things. There was never any kind of suggestion of that. In the larger picture, we’re finding out who we are. This experience right now, having to compete for a spot, there is value in that. Things might happen — you can’t take anything for granted. The result ultimately isn’t the only reflection of where you are. The goal for me is to continue to improve. Not X wins, or how many in a row, but how can we keep getting better. It’s how we started the beginning of the year. It’s how we are now. We aren’t overthinking it.”