LeBron says Magic, Walton drama 'not a big deal for us'

Heather Diaz
November 4, 2018

A report revealed that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson had a tense conversation with Walton in which he admonished the coach for the team's slow start - specifically that Johnson felt there was a lack of identity on offense.

League sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin that Johnson's message to Walton increased the pressure on the coach to deliver winning results sooner rather than later, an about-face from Johnson's public comments regarding patience at the outset of training camp. "Throughout his tenure with the Lakers, Johnson has earned an internal reputation for an oftentimes volatile management style, including with his handling of Walton and the coaching staff".

But that doesn't change the fact that Magic appears unhappy with the Lakers 3-5 start ahead of a tough back-to-back this weekend. Buss has remained completely in support of Walton. "But eventually we are going to get it, and we are going to be a really good team". It takes hard work. According to Tania Ganguli and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, even though Johnson was mad at Walton in their meeting, he doesn't make "rash" decisions and Walton's job is safe.

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"My message to the players was, this is what we talked about", Walton said.

"We need to figure out how we can string together some great games or even good games and bring our win total from where it is now". Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there.

"Johnson's cutting appraisal elevated an already acute awareness within the Lakers coaching staff that there are intense and immediate pressures on Walton to deliver the franchise a victor in short order", ESPN reported. "We know this is going to happen".

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