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Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton is feeling some heat as a result of a less-than-stellar start by the team, and it has been reported that team president Magic Johnson has let him know that there needs to be an improvement.
ESPN insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported that sources have indicated that Johnson had a curt discussion with Walton after the team started the season by losing five of its first seven games.
Johnson is well-known publicly for his affable personality and happy nature, but he can be aggressive and straightforward behind the scenes.
After the road win over the Blazers on Saturday, superstar LeBron James made a point of crediting Walton and the coaching staff for the victory. The 114-110 victory ended a 16-game losing streak to Portland. James said, per ESPN reporter Ohm Youngmisuk:
“I mean, it’s great to win, period. Listen, the coaching staff put us in a position to win, and it’s up to us to go up and execute.
“Luke can care less about what’s going on outside. We could as well. I’m the last person to ask about scrutiny or an