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Despite a rocky start and becoming the recipient of a stern talking to, Luke Walton is not in danger of losing his job as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, team president Magic Johnson said exclusively to the LA Times.
“His is going to finish the season, unless something drastic happens, which it won’t,” Johnson said.
The Lakers are 4-6 after getting throttled by the Kawhi Leonard-less Toronto Raptors at home Sunday. At one point, the Raptors led 41-1.
Johnson recently met with Walton and gave him an earful, indicating that the team is in win-now mode following the addition of LeBron James and other veterans.
“I said it, Luke took it and we’re all good,” Johnson told the LA Times.
While the Lakers did add James and some more experienced players, they are still relying heavily on the promise of youngsters such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.
It’s taken some adjusting and resulted in lots of unpredictability in the early going.
“For me and what I’ve experienced in this league, I’ve tried to stay even-keeled,” James told reporters following the loss. “Just as bad as you can play for a month you’re going to round out a great month or two. You don’t look too much into it.”
James has publicly and privately supported Walton.
“I’m the last person to ask about scrutiny and things of that nature,” James said. “None of that stuff matters to me. All that matters is what goes on in this locker room, both home and away.”