The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a rocky start this season, and head coach Luke Walton has reportedly drawn the ire of Magic Johnson as a result. That is the task faced by Lakers coach Luke Walton, and it appears the pressure is revving up.
With a three-time National Basketball Association champion, four-time MVP and 14-time All-Star like James on the team's roster and a host of young talent, Johnson expects significant improvements from the Lakers.
"I think Luke's trying to figure out what works best", James told reporters. If anything, LeBron and this young core of guys were more likely to get off to a tremendously hot start and begin to hit some rough patches a third of the way into the season as the momentum and adrenaline from the new season wore off. When you're not making shots that means you've got to go to the other end and you've got to be really sharp.
"My message to the players was, this is what we talked about", Walton said.
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The Los Angeles Lakers had lost 16 straight games to the Portland Trail Blazers, but a huge bench effort led by Rajon Rondo, and a lot of LeBron James late, propelled them to a 114-110 victory at the Moda Center.
"I'm going to go with Lonzo and LeBron. It is just about getting better with those things", Walton said. The Lakers will travel to Portland for a matchup against the Blazers on Saturday night, followed by a home game against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors the following night.
"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defence is", Stotts said. "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".
"I am doing everything just to win". People don't know why they're in the game. So if I'm talking, I'm going to explain myself no matter what the situation is.