Magic Johnson Just Set Up Luke Walton to Fail Miserably

Magic Johnson Just Set Up Luke Walton to Fail Miserably

Magic Johnson Just Set Up Luke Walton to Fail Miserably

"NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a certain way", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.

But when you take James on your team, you better be willing to make him the sun of your organization, meaning everything, and I mean everything, revolves around him, as it should. 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.

James has yet to publicly express frustration about the Lakers' coaching in his first season with the team, though there is reportedly "discontent" among some Lakers veterans over Walton's lineup decisions, per ESPN.

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Asked if he believed he retained support of management, Walton replied: "I feel like I have a great relationship with management".

"One of our strengths is we have Rondo and LeBron who are two of the best floor generals in our game", he said.

"That adds depth in our frontcourt, which we've had trouble with at times".

Los Angeles is 3-5 to start the season after three straight losses marked the beginning of LeBron James's time as a Laker.

"It just shows that what we're doing is working", Walton said of beating the Blazers for the first time since March 3, 2014. But I was pleased with how we came back and got within striking distance.

"For us to be able to snap that versus a very good team obviously and then for us to come here, we haven't played as well as we'd like to on the road in one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference, it was a good win for us". It feels good knowing that our team is getting better. Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. "We've got to figure groups out", Walton said.

"Magic and I talk a lot about basketball and our team and his opinions and my opinions", Walton said. So if I'm talking, I'm going to explain myself no matter what the situation is.

"I don't like to assume that people know what I'm thinking".

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