Should Luke Walton Already Be On The Hot Seat?

Lakers Luke Walton Magic Johnson

Lakers Luke Walton Magic Johnson

LeBron James knows that people are talking about reported tension between Los Angeles Lakers team president Magic Johnson and coach Luke Walton.

Following the Lakers' recent two-game road trip, in which they suffered losses to the Spurs and Timberwolves, Magic reportedly held a meeting in which he made it clear that "there are intense and immediate pressures on Walton to deliver the franchise a victor in short order".

Assuming LaVar Ball isn't the fix the Lakers need, who might come in and save the day if Walton continues to struggle at the helm?

Walton however played down any suggestion that his job could be at risk in comments to reporters on Friday.

But after the Lakers dropped to 2-5 following losses in winnable games at San Antonio and Minnesota, Johnson met with Walton.

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When you throw LeBron James into the drama known as the Real Lakers of Los Angeles, we knew the results would be spectacular.

Buss has been one of Walton's most solid supporters since Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka assumed control of operations in 2017.

According to National Basketball Association insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, Magic Johnson "admonished" Walton over the Lake-Show's sluggish start.

"It actually never even gets to me really, so it's not a big deal for us", James added as the Lakers prepare for their first game since the meeting Saturday's again the Trail Blazers. It takes hard work. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there.

Walton was asked if he has expressed the challenges the Lakers coaching staff has faced with the new pieces, suspensions and constant search for chemistry with a shortened training camp and preseason. "We knew it was going to be like that from the summer when 'Zo had the knee surgery".

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