James praises Walton for being ‘consistent’ despite Lakers’ struggles

LeBron James praised Lakers coach Luke Walton for being consistent this season.

Most across the NBA landscape have Luke Walton as a dead man walking when it comes to being head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

With the Lakers at 30-35 and a long shot to end their five-season playoff drought, it’s been assumed by many, if not most, that Walton will be given a pink slip at the conclusion of this season.

LeBron James, however, praised Walton for being consistent in what has become a season that is rapidly circling the drain for Los Angeles.

With 17 games to play this season, the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers (37-29) by 4.5 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into play Thursday night.

James has made eight consecutive appearances in the Finals, winning two titles with the Miami Heat and another with the Cavaliers in the process.