Since the start of his tenure, Lakers Coach Luke Walton has tried to foster one thing over everything else in his team: Trust.
Trust helps defense, it helps the pass-first mentality he wants from his offense and on some nights it can lead to wins.
It’s why the Lakers were so pleased this summer to see their young players bonding so quickly. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma became fast friends. Brandon Ingram hit it off with them too, at Summer League. Larry Nance Jr. took Kuzma, Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant on a paintball excursion that included Ivica Zubac and now-former Laker David Nwaba just after the draft.
When you like your teammates you care enough about them to get upset...