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

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Lakers president Magic Johnson reportedly met with coach Luke Walton on Tuesday after the trip, admonishing Walton for the slow start to the season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers finally grabbed their first win last October 25 after beating the Suns, but James was still left with a lot to figure out after they bowed to Minnesota, 124-120.

Despite Johnson's prior proclamations of needing to allow time for Walton to develop a young roster surrounding four-time MVP LeBron James, evidence is mounting that Walton's job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season.

"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 made a decision to stick with him", Ingram said late Wednesday night. If anything is going to happen with Walton - and don't expect some panic move early - it will be with LeBron's approval. They face the 6-2 Trail Blazers on Saturday in Portland before hosting the 7-1 Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Lakers have yet to hold an opponent under 106 points this season. So I think we'll be even better two weeks from now, and two weeks from then. "It is just about getting better with those things", Walton said.

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Crystal Palace are now on a poor run of form in the Premier League, having failed to win in their last five top-flight games. We worked very well for the 90 minutes and the two goals is the difference in the match.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lakers had utilized 93 different player combinations through their first seven games, second only to the Hawks' 122.

"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defence is", Stotts said.

Walton was asked if he has expressed the challenges the Lakers coaching staff has faced with the new pieces, suspensions and constant search for chemistry with a shortened training camp and preseason. "So I just tried to come in - it's kind of like position-less basketball". People don't know why they're in the game.

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