Johnson scolds Lakers coach Walton

Dean Simpson
November 4, 2018

The Lakers bench helped get Los Angeles back into the game in the first half and outscored the Blazers subs 51-26.

Walton spoke with the media hours after ESPN reported that Lakers president Magic Johnson met with the coach on Tuesday and admonished him following a winless two-game road trip.

But James doesn't want to hear it.

Walton, meanwhile, reiterated that despite the fanfare surrounding the arrival of James, rebuilding the Lakers after years of mediocrity - they have not reached the playoffs since 2013 - would take time.

"It doesn't bother me at all because I don't pay attention to it, I don't listen to it", James said Saturday...

When you throw LeBron James into the drama known as the Real Lakers of Los Angeles, we knew the results would be spectacular. We've had a couple setbacks with some suspensions, but we've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games. Because that's the business we're in.

"But if you want to try and figure out things, try different combinations and taking guys in and out, then no". Two back-to-back wins followed before the team hit the road to take on San Antonio and Minnesota.

"Evidence is mounting that Walton's job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season".

The Lakers coaching staff is feeling some pressure after Johnson's latest talk. The Lakers are averaging the third-most points per game in the National Basketball Association, but rank No. 23 in defensive rating. "The numbers say we're 11th but it doesn't feel like it, but we are. I know the turnovers between one timeout and the next timeout, we had two or three turnovers that they converted right away, and that's when the lead kind of ballooned from 8 to 15".

Johnson repeatedly said during the summer that patience was required with so many new pieces, especially if there was a slow start.

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