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He added, after a follow-up question: "My job is to play basketball".

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost nine straight games. "We [ownership, front office] talk all the time, and there're 100 percent behind in supporting what we're doing here".

Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss tweeted strong support with the hashtag "InLukeWeTrust" on New Year's Eve, and all indications have been that Walton's job security is not an issue.?A Lakers source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that Walton's job status is "not even a conversation".

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing "like garbage" these days, and famous TV sports dad LaVar Ball thinks he knows why.

When Walton spoke at shootaround on Sunday morning, he said he had not yet had a conversation with Lonzo Ball about his father's comments.

"Luke can come up to me and ask whatever is on his mind", Lonzo Ball said. I don't think [Walton has lost the locker room]. "He's our head coach".

"Nobody wants to play for him". He has coached me his whole life. "That's just what it is."?

The last-place Lakers (11-27) will look to snap their skid when they host the Hawks (10-28), who are in last place in the Eastern Conference, at 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday. He might still see some time in the rotation, but it would be in limited minutes. "They're giving us what they have and we're going to keep working and we'll be fine". "My only concern with any of it is for Zo", Walton said, brushing off the comments. "Playing like garbage. Something I need to address and fix".

Walton contended that he had not seen any frustrations with Ball in response to his coaching style and said he hoped comments coming from the player's father did not have an impact on the fan narrative or the organization's decision making.

"It doesn't bother me", Walton said standing just off the court at Staples Center. I tell him to go get the victory. "We're not going to shoot well every night, but you can always play good defense".

"I know they have my back", Walton said of Lakers management.