Magic Johnson Blames Coach Luke Walton For Awful Lakers Start

Lakers president Magic Johnson has had a go at head coach Luke Walton over the team's worrying start, with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reporting that the team legend "admonished" the young coach during a recent meeting.

It was expected that things would take a while to figure out for Walton and his new-look side. However, it probably wasn't imagined that things would be this bad.

The side is currently sitting in the 12th spot of the Western Conference standings after a 3-5 start. And Magic seems to be running out of patience - if the report is to be believed.

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ESPN's report also claims that Walton is now under intense pressure to deliver results in the wake of the terrible start.

"In a meeting on Tuesday, following a winless two-game trip, Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson admonished coach Luke Walton for the team's sluggish start to the season, league sources told ESPN.

"Johnson's cutting appraisal elevated an already acute awareness within the Lakers coaching staff that there are intense and immediate pressures on Walton to deliver the franchise a winner in short order."

- Wojnarowski/McMenamin

Magic had previously admitted that things were probably not going to come together very speedily. Yet it is now believed that Walton's job is now hanging in the balance and is possibly contingent on his ability to significantly improve on the team's current record.

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Meanwhile, some of the players on the team are reported as being unhappy with Walton's tinkering with the lineup. But LeBron James has been very supportive of his new coach so far.

"I think Luke's trying to figure out what works best," James has explained. "We knew it was going to be like that from the summer when 'Zo had the knee surgery. We knew we were going to have a lineup change there. Obviously, we had the unexpected one when we had the suspensions, so we had a lineup change there.

"We'll get to a point where we know how comfortable we need to be with different lineups."

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