Magic Johnson Admonishes Luke Walton For Lakers' Slow Start

04 November, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Alyssa Little
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Lakers coach Luke Walton, right, reportedly got an earful from team president Magic Johnson.

Walton met with reporters on Friday and was asked about the tense meeting. Johnson put more pressure on Walton after the winless trip.

The Los Angeles Lakers came into this season with something they haven't had in a while: expectations.

Entering the season, several executives and coaches around the league told ESPN that Walton had perhaps the most challenging job in the National Basketball Association and wondered how he would make a roster of one-year veterans with strong personalities and a young developing core work best around LeBron James.

"I got the suspension and we had guys fill in that was doing really, really good and Kuzma was doing really, really good in his role and coach made a decision to stick with him", Ingram said late Wednesday night. "It actually never even gets to me really, so it's not a big deal for us".

Kevin Durant ignites Warriors in fourth quarter
Golden State's 42-point half-time lead was the fourth-largest half-time lead in history and the largest lead by a road team. John Wall, whose 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining gave Washington a chance, led the Wizards with 26 points.

After defeating the Lakers 16 straight times, a streak covering a span of 1,706 days, the Trail Blazers dropped their first game to Los Angeles in almost five years with a 114-110 loss in front of a sellout crowd of 19,848 Saturday night at the Moda Center.

The Lakers nearly blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win. So I think we'll be even better two weeks from now, and two weeks from then. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better".

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lakers had utilized 93 different player combinations through their first seven games, second only to the Hawks' 122. That's the only thing we want to do.

The tense meeting highlighted Walton's tenuous job security and showed the need for the Lakers to find success soon in order to avoid changes, ESPN reported.

"The game is a game of runs so you have to leave those two main people in there and rotate the other guys. I don't feel like I'm going anywhere".

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