Magic Johnson reportedly 'admonished' Luke Walton over slow start in meeting


Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson is unhappy with the state of the team and took out some of his frustration on coach Luke Walton in a recent meeting.

Magic Johnson reportedly was upset at Luke Walton for the team's slow start and the offense the coach was running.

"Johnson's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss", ESPN reported, citing sources.

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.

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Walton, 38, owns a 64-108 record as an National Basketball Association head coach since being hired by the Lakers in 2016.

And while many will point to the track record of James and coaches getting fired, the same report suggests that James has been supportive of Walton privately as much as publicly.

"We're still in the real early stages", James said. 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. It takes hard work.

"We have been saying since the beginning that we need to be patient", Walton said. We've had a couple setbacks with some suspensions, but we've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there. Lakers star LeBron James, however, doesn't think it's a big deal and says the team isn't focusing on it. "We knew it was going to be like that from the summer when 'Zo had the knee surgery".