“Don’t touch my damn players,” Walton said on Friday, “because if that’s OK, I’m sure we can find a couple people here in L.A. that want that job working for the Lakers, too. That’s not right.”
Walton also criticized the officials for their decision to eject Russell.
“They told me that D’Angelo got kicked out for escalating the situation,” Walton said. “But D’Angelo only responded after Monroe had grabbed Nick by the neck and threw him. If D’Angelo didn’t push him, I would’ve been pissed off at D’Angelo. He did the right thing.
“So for the NBA to say that the two of them did the same thing and just canceled USA Cheap Jerseys each other out is absolute crap to me because D’Angelo just shoved [Monroe] in the back; Monroe grabbed [Young] by the neck. I don’t know if he was mad that [Ivica] Zubac was kicking his butt all night long out there. But you grab someone by the neck? That’s not right. And then Monroe went and slapped Brandon in the face. So he did all that and he got the same penalty as when D’Angelo did it for shoving someone in the back that was a teammate. So that’s crap to me.”
The Lakers are 20-49 and face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Staples Center.
The Seahawks are in a totally different position. At 6-1, Seattle leads the NFC West by a game over the San Francisco 49ers who the Seahawks already beat 29-3 back in Week 2. The team is relatively healthy and has a stretch of games coming up where it can make hay, playing the next four games against below .500 teams.
Seattle is very much an old-school type of team. Despite having a strong-armed quarterback in Russell Wilson, the Seahawks tend to keep the ball on the ground in the hands of running back Marshawn Lynch. The former first-round Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys draft pick of the Buffalo Bills is having another fine season, rushing for 578 yards on 4.2 yards per carry.