Last week, things began to heat up internally for the Los Angeles Lakers with reports that team president Magic Johnson met with head coach Luke Walton about the team’s start to the year, which steered the conversation over his job security.
Johnson has finally touched upon the topic stating that Walton is expected to keep his job for the season unless something “drastic” where to unfold, according to Tania Ganguli of The LA Times.
“I said it, Luke took it and we’re all good,” said Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations. “It’s no big deal.”
Johnson insisted that Walton is not on a clock.
“He’s going to finish the season,” Johnson said. “Unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”
Walton’s status with the Lakers has been put in question, but these comments from Johnson do calm the noise down a bit. However, the fact that he has already been approached by management does at least raise the bar a bit for the expectation for the team moving forward in terms of what the goals are for this season.
Los Angeles has tipped toed about where they would like to be, but there has been an indirect bar set on at making the playoffs given that LeBron James is headlining the roster. James is a game-changing talent that is still playing at an elite level that the Lakers want to capitalize on his ability on the court to the fullest.
Ultimately, the Lakers are in a spot of having to progress their way through the 4-6 start in the first 10 games of the season. The team has been highly competitive in each game prior to Sunday’s lopsided 121-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors. If anything, this is a situation that will continue to be monitored closely for the rest of the season.
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