Report: Magic criticizes Walton in meeting
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.