Magic makes clear to Lakers' Walton he expects more

Magic makes clear to Lakers' Walton he expects more

Magic makes clear to Lakers' Walton he expects more

Lakers president Magic Johnson is displeased with his team's underwhelming start, reportedly admonishing head coach Luke Walton this week, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

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

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says he believes he has a "great relationship with management" and does not feel like he is "going anywhere".

The Lakers, who recruited LeBron James in the off-season as they attempt to revitalize the National Basketball Association giants, have won just 3 of their 8 games this season. He then took a job with the Milwaukee Bucks and was with the team for roughly three and a half seasons, posting a 139-152 record over that stretch.

Walton met with reporters on Friday and was asked about the tense meeting.

Buss has been one of Walton's most solid supporters since Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka assumed control of operations in 2017.

That said, with James in town, the expectations to win are real.

"It actually never even gets to me really, so it's not a big deal for us", James continued. This is something that we do all the time. Right now, our guys work extremely hard. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient. Acquiring a player widely considered to be the best in the business in LeBron James and having the face of the Lakers, Magic Johnson, running the front office has brought an air of pressure that the young players haven't experienced. We've had a couple of setbacks with some suspensions.

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