Magic Johnson puts pressure on Luke Walton after Lakers' slow start

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The Lakers already have sounded some alarms, with team president Magic Johnson calling a meeting with Walton after the Lakers started 2-5. Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report that Magic Johnson met with Walton to "admonish" him for the poor performances. Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win and it's up to us to go out and execute.

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". We could as well. "So none of that stuff matters to me", he added.

But after playing to a duel in the second quarter, the Lakers absolutely demolished the Trail Blazers in the 12 minutes immediately following the halftime intermission.

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Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19.

This is something Walton has spoken about in the past and having one of James and Rondo on the floor at all times undoubtedly helps the Lakers as a whole.

Walton certainly can find the hot seat if the Lakers continue to struggle for a long period of time. A continued sideshow from LaVar Ball could only mean a few things: either James will ask the Lakers to trade Lonzo Ball in order to rid himself and the Lakers of LaVar, or perhaps they could just make him disappear for a while. "That's how you get victories if you want to win". "That's not always my philosophy but with this team I'd like to keep one of those guys out there as much as possible". But I was pleased with how we came back and got within striking distance. They have lost 10 straight road games dating back to last season. He ended the game with a box plus-minus of -16. It'll be a process for LA to compete in the Western Conference, but it's not like the squad is that far off.

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The Lakers are under pressure after signing James during the offseason, but they are still trying to figure out their starting lineup and how to mesh on the court with the veterans and young core. We just weren't sharp enough. That the group came together.

Their defensive play, in particularly, has looked weak this season, as Walton seeks the best system for the roster. What can I do to be the best team we can be?

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