Magic Johnson Scolds Luke Walton over Lakers' Poor Start

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is apparently losing some support within the team's front office after a 3-5 start to the year.

Johnson "admonished" Walton for the Lakers' performance so far this season and made the coach aware there is immediate pressure on him to deliver a winning team, according to ESPN, citing unidentified league sources. McMenamin and Wojnarowski noted that Johnson's tone was aggressive during the meeting as well. "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".

Given the circumstances surrounding the team, a 3-5 record may not actually be all that bad.

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.

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Walton however played down any suggestion that his job could be at risk in comments to reporters on Friday.

"What we discuss in our meetings is between us, but. we have been saying since the beginning, we're going to be patient", Walton said.

Johnson repeatedly said during the summer that patience was required with so many new pieces, especially if there was a slow start. It takes hard work.

"We need to figure out how we can string together some great games or even good games and bring our win total from where it is now". "This is something we do all the time". Lakers star LeBron James, however, doesn't think it's a big deal and says the team isn't focusing on it. "We know this is going to happen".

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