Re­port: Magic crit­i­cizes Wal­ton in meet­ing

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Lak­ers pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Magic John­son called coach Luke Wal­ton into a meet­ing on Tues­day to crit­i­cize Wal­ton for the way the team had played in its first seven games, ac­cord­ing to sources fa­mil­iar with the meet­ing who weren’t au­tho­rized to speak about it pub­licly.

The meet­ing, first re­ported by ESPN, came af­ter the Lak­ers fell to 2-5 with a 124-120 loss to the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on Mon­day.

John­son’s dis­plea­sure with Wal­ton sur­prised many peo­ple in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, given John­son’s in­sis­tence this sum­mer that he would be pa­tient through the team’s early strug­gles.

The Lak­ers beat Dal­las 114-113 on Wed­nes­day and face Port­land on Satur­day.

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