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Luke Walton Under Fire from Lakers GM Magic Johnson

05 November 2018
Luke Walton Under Fire from Lakers GM Magic Johnson

Walton insisted that he remained in regular communication with the front office and that his meeting with Johnson had been routine.

Some of it was due to circumstance as Lonzo Ball's recovery from knee surgery in training camp, as well as the suspensions to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram forcing Walton's hand.

While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers.

Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach". However, there are reportedly some frustrations among the veterans with his lineups and Walton understands he needs to get some things settled. At the time of his hiring, the Lakers were being managed by then-GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, the brother of Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss. "It is just about getting better with those things", Walton said. This is something that we do all the time. Right now, our guys work extremely hard. We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games, unfortunately we haven't.

LeBron James was supposed to be a big boost for the Los Angeles Lakers, but so far the Lake Show's first season with LeBron hasn't really been what the team has hoped.

Lakers: Home against Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

"I mean, it's great to win, period", James told reporters (via ESPN).

Clearly, Johnson is ready for more progress.

Meanwhile, speculation has been rife that Magic Johnson has clashed with Lakers coach Luke Walton.

The Lakers have looked explosive on offense averaging the sixth most points per game in this young season (121.0), but have looked completely lost defensively giving up the fifth most points per game (121.1). It was Lillard third game with at least 30 points this season.

"We're still in the real early stages", James said. "We know where we're going, we know how to get there". Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. It is unknown if James is a part of that group. James and the rest of the team preached patience throughout the offseason, but we might already be seeing signals that Walton's Lakers tenure could be in the doubt if the Lakers don't like their direction with the coach.

"I like Tyson Chandler", Stotts said.