The Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of a slump at the moment as they've been unable to string a series of wins together since the start of the month, and it appears that frustration could be making its way to their bench area.
During the team's 117-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Lakers teammates Julius Randle and Isaiah Thomas were seen arguing in their bench area.
The two players had to be separated by Brook Lopez in front of the team's bench during a timeout in the third quarter. Lonzo Ball later helped Lopez to try and defuse the situation. The two were able to hash things out and play together again on the court before Randle fouled out with three minutes and 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Later, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said to ESPN after the game that he didn't mind the argument on the bench at the time because it brings the best out of each other.
Walton said: "I didn't see what it was about; I like it though. I told them afterward, I love it. As long as they're open-minded and whatever they were arguing about, they get it figured out. We have been trying to get our guys to talk [on defense] all year long and if it is a heated conversation, that means it is two people that are passionate about something and we will take that on our team any day."
He later said: "Sometimes, it can definitely turn into something bad. I don't think that was the case with us. For now, where we are coming from and where we are trying to go, we've had a history of guys internally getting mad and not expressing themselves about certain things. I much rather them voice their opinions to each other, let's get it out there and talk about it, grow from it."
Both Randle and Thomas said after the game that they were both fine with what was said during the argument, and they were also happy with how the situation was resolved. As for what the conversation was about, Randle wouldn't reveal the details.
"That's between us," Randle said. "But like I said, it's great that we can come into games and really expect to win these games and we expect a lot out of each other. That hasn't always been the case in the past, we weren't communicating, just let things fly. We're communicating trying to bring the best out of each other."
The Lakers play next when they host the Miami Heat back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.News Now - Sport News