Lakers coach Luke Walton explains ejection from Rockets game: 'I was shocked … I’ve said a lot worse'

Lakers coach Luke Walton wasn’t happy about his ejection from Los Angeles’ 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets on Saturday. 

Walton, who received two technical fouls, explained what happened after the game. He said his frustration got the best of him and he doesn’t believe the comments he made to the officials warranted an ejection.

“The first technical I deserved. Second one all I said was, ‘You guys are funny. This is really funny.’ That’s all I said,” Walton told reporters. “I wasn’t yelling anymore. I wasn’t screaming anymore. I was shocked I got thrown out for that. I’ve heard a lot worse, I’ve said a lot worse, but it is what it is.”

Walton also revealed Lonzo Ball’s injury in the third quarter may have pushed him over the edge. 

“I wasn’t happy about a lot of things,” he added, “but Lonzo getting hurt really took it to another level.”

Ball sprained his ankle after colliding with Rockets forward James Ennis III. He fell to the floor and immediately grabbed his ankle before he was helped to the locker room by Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. The Lakers guard had X-rays, which came back negative and revealed he doesn’t have any fractures. 

The Lakers were ahead 69-54 when both Ball and Walton left the game in the third quarter.