Lakers' Luke Walton: Nuggets' Jamal Murray acted 'disrespectful'

Mar 12, 2018, 05:52
Lakers' Luke Walton: Nuggets' Jamal Murray acted 'disrespectful'

After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, the rookie guard took some shots at Nuggets counterpart Jamal Murray.

In a December 2 game between the teams, Murray drew the Lakers' ire for some showboat dribbling around Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball as the Nuggets were running out the final seconds of the game.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, back, drops back to defend as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray brings the ball up during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 9, 2018, in Denver. Some firmly believe that the Cavs Superstar will leave and join the Purple and Gold to join Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram & a great young core.

"I felt like for the second time we played here, Murray was being a little disrespectful at the end of the game", Walton said, per ESPN.

Ball said he didn't know what Murray did Friday night - and didn't seem to care, though he did say the earlier incident was a "punk move".

"I'm starting to get my rhythm back a little bit", Millsap said.

Denver coach Michael Malone said prior to Sunday's game against Sacramento that he has since talked to Murray about the matter, but added he did not have a problem with Murray's behavior.

"I can't control what the other team's gonna feel", Murray said.

"All I know is Jamal is going to have to compete and play hard and we don't win the game without Jamal Murray".

Murray, from his permanent residence inside the Lakers' head, told reporters he didn't really care what the opposition thought. "I'm just gonna go out there and hoop, and whoever takes it to heart and takes their losses salty, I can't do anything about that".

Los Angeles was defeated in their last game by the Denver Nuggets, 125 - 116; Nuggets finish game on 18-6 surge.

Entering the night, the Lakers had won six of their last seven games, and were coming off an emotional, come-from-behind win over Orlando on Wednesday that went down to the final play. I think it is OK to play with emotion and some guys thrive in that situation. We will have to watch and see!

Thomas acted coyly and would not say what words were exchanged between himself and Murray.

"It is what it is". "Of course, anytime something like that [Murray dribbling around Ball] happens, you're always going to remember it".

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