Lakers' Magic Johnson confirms meeting with Luke Walton happened, says he won't fire coach this season
While Magic Johnson was upset in their meeting, he doesn't make 'rash decisions' and still believes in Walton
The Los Angeles Lakers were extremely active throughout the offseason, but that hasn't translated to success on the court.
Through eight regular-season games, the Lakers have accumulated just a 3-5 record. With the team's struggles in mind, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported that president Magic Johnson "admonished" coach Luke Walton for the team's slow start to the season.
Wojnarowski and McMenamin also are reporting that Johnson's aggressive tone in the meeting isn't unfamiliar to many members of the team's front office. In fact, he's been known to be quite brash in his management strategy and has been labeled as "volatile."
However, despite what was described as an uncomfortable meeting for Walton, he isn't on the hot seat by any stretch. On Sunday, Johnson confirmed that the conversation between the two took place, and guaranteed that Walton will finish the season as the Lakers' coach.
Following practice on Friday, Walton was asked about his standing with the Lakers and he was very confident about his status as the team's coach. He added that he "has a great relationship with management," and that he doesn't "feel like I am going anywhere."
The Lakers have dealt with quite a bit of adversity in the early portion of the regular season. The team lost the first three games of the season and have dropped two of their last three contests. Los Angeles is coming off a narrow 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
In just the second game of the season, the Lakers Houston Rockets. During that melee, Brandon Ingram drew a four-game suspension while Rajon Rondo was given a two-game ban. Nearly right off the bat, the Lakers were forced to miss both Rondo and Ingram for three games and that certainly wasn't the most ideal situation for a team that is searching for its identity.against the
On top of that, former second overall pick Lonzo Ball had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Ball did participate in training camp, but appeared in only two of the team's preseason games. However, with Rondo out of the lineup, Ball was elevated to a starting role and has started in six of the Lakers' eight games thus far.
Ball has been one of the team's better shooters as he's connecting on 41.0 percent of his shots from three. The former UCLA Bruin is also averaging 10.1 points to go along with 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
The Lakers have obviously faced some of the top competition that the Western Conference has to offer so far. They've faced off against the San Antonio Spurs (twice), Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. The Lakers front office certainly doesn't appear to be pleased with a slow start and Walton may need to turn things around in a hurry if he wants to keep his job.
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