Magic Johnson reprimands Walton after Lakers' 3-5 start

Lynette Rowe
November 4, 2018

Ball sat down with Sky Sports to talk about his son Lonzo playing with LeBron James in Los Angeles and during the interview, LaVar said he can coach the Lakers with his eyes closed.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lakers had utilized 93 different player combinations through their first seven games, second only to the Hawks' 122.

The Lakers are 3-5 after the opening month of the National Basketball Association season, a far cry from the expectations many had going into the season after the free agent acquisition of James. We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games, unfortunately we haven't. Walton took over as the team's head coach in 2016.

"We're still in the real early stages", he said.

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Despite Johnson's prior proclamations of needing to allow time for Walton to develop a young roster surrounding four-time MVP LeBron James, evidence is mounting that Walton's job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season. The Lakers have fallen to the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs (twice) by a combined nine points in the three games.

"We plan on winning those in the future, and we're going to keep working and getting better and we're going to be just fine".

Walton reiterated to his team Friday to block out the outside noise, a message he has driven home since the start of the camp. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient.

"We're trying to figure things out". So if I'm talking, I'm going to explain myself no matter what the situation is. People don't know why they're in the game.

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