LeBron James: Magic-Walton meeting 'not a big deal' to Lakers

LeBron James Luke Walton

LeBron James Luke Walton

LeBron James knows that people are talking about reported tension between Los Angeles Lakers team president Magic Johnson and coach Luke Walton.

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

The start of the LeBron James-era was supposed to get off to a hot start.

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Johnson had previously preached patience for the team's young roster to develop around star LeBron James, but Wojnarowski reports "evidence is mounting" that Walton could be fired if the Lakers fail to improve significantly moving forward.

"I got the suspension and we had guys fill in that was doing really, really good and Kuzma was doing really, really good in his role and coach chose to stick with him", Ingram said late Wednesday night. He is going to struggle because there are so many new moving parts.

Luca Doncic tied it at 113-113 on a jumper, setting the stage for James' game-winning free throw. But now that the reality of it has set in, there's suddenly talk that we could be looking at a very different team come the trade deadline.

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On Saturday, Los Angeles plays the Trail Blazers, who have beaten the Lakers 16 consecutive times, including opening night at the Moda Center. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient. The Lakers are averaging the third-most points per game in the National Basketball Association, but rank No. 23 in defensive rating. "It is just about getting better with those things", Walton said.

Walton has spent the season trying to find the right rotations, using 104 lineups in their eight games, second only to the rebuilding Hawks' 140, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defence is", Stotts said. "But again, what those conversations are, those will remain between me and the front office. I don't feel like I'm going anywhere".

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