Magic on Walton: Not going to fire him

LeBron James Luke Walton

Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win and it's up to us to go out and execute. But, Johnson told the Los Angeles Times the discussion had nothing to do with Walton's job security and he'll finish the season as the Lakers coach "unless something drastic happens, which it won't".

But it also appears that the rest of the Lakers players aren't anxious about what was said between the two, even if it means that Walton's seat is warming up.

“That angry meeting sounds like a warning shot from Johnson. "We're last in defense. It was good for us to come into one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference and win".

While the Lakers outscored the Raptors by 11 points for the remainder of the game, they could not overcome Serge Ibaka, who had 34 points (15-of-17 shooting) and 10 rebounds in a 121-107 loss that wasn't as close as the final score may suggest.

The Lakers still have plenty of time to right the ship this season, and many of their players are still young and developing. And with the circumstances of Luke Walton being scrutinized by his boss Magic Johnson, the pressure was much greater as well.

"Magic and I talk a lot about basketball and our team and his opinions and my opinions", Walton said. "It doesn't influence that at all".

Expectations were sky-high when LeBron James became a Laker, but the teams 3-5 start look to have anxious the Los Angeles front office. "I love my job".

"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defense is", Stotts said.

"Luke couldn't care less what's going on on the outside, we're good as well". "I'm the last person to ask about scrutiny and things of that nature".

Johnson cited LeBron James' slow starts when he first joined the Miami Heat and returned to Cleveland and said he told Walton not to worry if there was a turbulent start in Los Angeles.

The coach likes what he has seen from the starting lineup of James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee in the past two games but knows things could still be fluid over the next few weeks. The faces, perhaps more than the scoreboard, truly told the tale of how far the Lakers have come.

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