Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Magic Johnson reportedly 'admonished' Luke Walton over slow start in meeting

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Sergio Cook | 04 November, 2018, 10:02

After the sluggish start by the Los Angeles Lakers to start the season, head coach Luke Walton is reportedly on thin ice with team president Magic Johnson.

Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach".

The Lakers are under pressure after signing LeBron James during the offseason, but they haven't figured out their starting lineup yet.

"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them", James said of his young team.

"I think every game, every road trip, every film session, every day that we're together is going to continue to get us more and more familiar with one another".

"It actually never even gets to me really, so it's not a big deal for us", James continued.

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.

"We have been saying since the beginning that we need to be patient", Walton said.

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess", said James. It was Lillard third game with at least 30 points this season.

Walton has spent the season trying to find the right rotations, using 104 lineups in their eight games, second only to the rebuilding Hawks' 140, according to ESPN Stats & Information. "We've got to figure groups out", Walton said. Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report that Magic Johnson met with Walton to "admonish" him for the poor performances. "So I just tried to come in - it's kind of like position-less basketball".

"The game is a game of runs so you have to leave those two main people in there and rotate the other guys". So if I'm talking, I'm going to explain myself no matter what the situation is.

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