Coach­ing Lak­ers is no Magic trick

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Let’s see. Magic John­son ad­mon­ishes Luke Wal­ton for his coach­ing. Let’s hope Magic did not con­vey any strat­egy he used in his 199394 Laker sea­son when he abruptly quit as coach af­ter go­ing 5-11. Earl Roth Oak Park

Was Magic re­ally mad at Luke Wal­ton or was he mad at him­self and Lak­ers man­age­ment for drop­ping the ball on Lonzo? Jim Amormino Rancho Pa­los Verdes

Magic may be Luke’s boss but Jeanie Buss is Magic’s boss. Last year, Luke had noth­ing to work with, re­mem­ber? How many peo­ple do you know that will thrive and de­liver great re­sults while be­ing yelled at in a front-of­fice en­vi­ron­ment for all to hear? Not a smart move. Ge­or­gette Rieck Santa Mon­ica

I dis­agree with Plaschke’s po­si­tion that Magic was wrong to scold Wal­ton.

He did ex­actly what the sit­u­a­tion called for. All the ta­lent in the world is in this team, and if they’re not win­ning, it’s a prod­uct of poor coach­ing. It looks like they’re play­ing street ball. Phil Jack­son al­ways had a set of­fense ev­ery time down the floor. Per­son­ally, I hope Magic is al­ready in the process of in­ter­view­ing new can­di­dates. Lou Shapiro Los An­ge­les

As a young sports­writer I cov­ered the Lak­ers in Magic John­son’s first year. I vividly re­mem­ber a hum­ble, re­spect­ful, wide-eyed rookie in the gym at Col­lege of the Desert that first day. Fast for­ward nearly 40 years and I’m no longer a young sports­writer and it seems Earvin John­son has evolved into a known volatile leader. It sad­dens me that any or­ga­ni­za­tion will put up with this style of lead­er­ship, and by in­fer­ence, that Jeanie Buss tol­er­ates it. So much more is owed to the legacy of Dr. Jerry Buss, Bob Steiner, Jerry West and the many other pro­fes­sional ex­ec­u­tives who made the Lak­ers the sto­ried fran­chise it is to­day. Ron Yukel­son San Luis Obispo

If Magic wants to rip some­one he should set­tle on the per­son who gave Lou Wil­liams away. There’s no ques­tion that Lou could have made a dif­fer­ence in a few of the games the Lak­ers have lost. David Lawler Santa Maria

Magic, it is only hu­man to get an­gry and I don’t blame you at all for be­ing an­gry when D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Julius Ran­dle are scor­ing 20-some points reg­u­larly. Dan McA­dam Rancho Pa­los Verdes

Bat­ter up?

Is Bill Plaschke pre­par­ing to re­tire? It seems that Dy­lan Her­nan­dez is be­ing groomed to re­place him as the sports­writer des­ig­nated to make ridicu­lous ros­ter sug­ges­tions to the Dodgers. Af­ter Los An­ge­les was sub­jected to three months of Manny Machado’s lack­adaisi­cal ef­forts, it would be hor­ri­fy­ing to be locked into more of the same with a long-term con­tract for Bryce Harper. Would one of the se­nior Dodgers end up stran­gling Harper as hap­pened a few years ago with the Na­tion­als? Kirk Noren­berg Re­dondo Beach

Just fin­ished read­ing 18 let­ters Sat­ur­day all lam­bast­ing the Dodgers’ sea­son. Not one men­tion of the fact that the owner and pre­vi­ous front of­fice gra­ciously took a quar­ter­bil­lion in bad salary off the Red Sox books a few years back. Also no men­tion of Ryu, Ker­shaw, Turner miss­ing months of the sea­son and Sea­ger all of it. Just be­ing in 2018 World Se­ries was mirac­u­lous. Dou­glas Whithorne Santa Mon­ica

Dear Dodgers front of­fice:

Don’t blow this win­ter’s shop­ping spree. We need that home run-hit­ting in­fielder who will make the dif­fer­ence. But here’s a news flash: It isn’t Manny Machado. We need Machado and his no-hus­tle, kick-the-first-base­man at­ti­tude about as much as a fish needs a bi­cy­cle. Please spend spend your money wisely . . . on Brian Dozier. Jon Tis­dale Mon­rovia

So Farhan Zaidi is leav­ing the Dodgers for San Fran­cisco? Guess the Gi­ants fig­ured they weren’t strik­ing out enough. Mer Valdez Long Beach A let­ter writer last week called crit­ics of Dodgers an­a­lyt­ics, “arm­chair man­age­rial Ein­steins.” When the front of­fice was asked for a com­ment, An­drew Fried­man in­quired, “Are those arm­chairs left­ies or right­ies?” Mario Valvo Ven­tura

Af­ter read­ing the let­ters to the ed­i­tor all sea­son from sup­posed Dodger fans, I find it hard to agree when I read that the Dodger fans de­serve a World Se­ries vic­tory. If the ed­i­to­rial choice in let­ters is any sign, the Dodgers have the most “fair-weather” fans in base­ball. It is dis­heart­en­ing to have a whole sea­son trashed be­cause the bet­ter team won. Suzanne Hud­son Pomona

It is ironic that the Dodgers’ full-page ad thank­ing the “great­est fans ever” should fea­ture the photo of a Dodgers player with his back to the cam­era. For go­ing on six sea­sons now, the Dodgers have turned their backs on fans who ask noth­ing more than to be able to come home from work and catch a game on tele­vi­sion. An ad is nice, but the “great­est fans ever” de­serve bet­ter. Ge­orge Pisano Rancho Pa­los Verdes

I would love some­body to give me $93 mil­lion “for a chance to prove a lot of peo­ple wrong.” Paul Brown Newport Beach

At a loss

Af­ter the Rams’ loss to the Saints, it was re­ported that “The Rams’ locker room was de­void of long faces,” and that “The cru­cible of try­ing to com­plete a per­fect sea­son was over.”

By that faulty logic, per­haps the Rams should lose on pur­pose this week so they won’t have to deal with the stress of try­ing to com­plete a near-per­fect sea­son. Jerry Ru­bin Santa Mon­ica

The Charg­ers won in Seat­tle, de­spite an­other wor­ri­some kick­ing fail­ure. Bos­ton’s cen­tury-long curse re­port­edly re­sulted from trad­ing Babe Ruth. Flash for­ward, the Spanoses might just have earned their own mis­for­tune leav­ing San Diego. No other NFL owner ever moved their team into a soc­cer sta­dium. And now the Charg­ers are in­ca­pable of find­ing a player to re­li­ably score points kick­ing the ball. Kon­rad Moore San Diego

Fire on ice

The Kings’ re­cent fir­ing of coach John Stevens is noth­ing more than re­ar­rang­ing the deck chairs on the Ti­tanic. It’s not Stevens’ fault the team is the deadly trio of over­paid, old and slow. It’s not Stevens’ fault the team has no cap space this sea­son, a tad more next sea­son and will be in Cap Hell un­til at least the 2021-22 sea­son. Erik Schu­man Foun­tain Val­ley

Et tu, Bru­ins?

Rome wasn’t built in a day. On the other hand, it didn’t start 2 and 7. Wes Well­man Santa Mon­ica

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Wally Skalij Los An­ge­les Times

SOME READ­ERS sup­port Magic John­son, left, who scolded Lak­ers coach Luke Wal­ton. Oth­ers hope he didn’t of­fer ad­vice from his days as Lak­ers coach in 1994.

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