LeBron James backs Luke Walton, coaching staff after Los Angeles Lakers win

LeBron James backs Luke Walton, coaching staff after Los Angeles Lakers win

LeBron James backs Luke Walton, coaching staff after Los Angeles Lakers win

Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton said he is confident of the support of team management on Friday, November 2, after a report suggested his position was at risk following a stormy meeting with Magic Johnson. At the time of his hiring, the Lakers were being managed by then-GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, the brother of Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss. And while the Lakers would not fire him this early, it wouldn't be surprising if Walton was already getting internal pressure.

That we just had a really good, pro game.

Johnson had previously preached patience for the team's young roster to develop around star LeBron James, but Wojnarowski reports "evidence is mounting" that Walton could be fired if the Lakers fail to improve significantly moving forward. Everyone wants to play but for us to be successful this year, we need everyone at different times int he season stepping up to help us win games. "My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and it was a hell of a night", said Rose. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.

Lakers: Home against Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there.

But the Lakers bench would get the visitors back in the game, going 16-7 to end the quarter to cut the Trail Blazers' lead to 29-28 going into the second quarter.

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Doncic, the second pick in the 2018 draft, said before the game that he grew up idolizing James. It's eye-opening for a coach who was highly touted as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, but most believed the LeBron James-led Lakers would hit the ground running. "And I thought tonight was a sign that we, as a team, are doing things the right way".

The coach likes what he has seen from the starting lineup of James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee in the past two games but knows things could still be fluid over the next few weeks. "The numbers say we're 11th but it doesn't feel like it, but we are".

"I like Tyson Chandler", Stotts said. "But again, what those conversations are, those will remain between me and the front office". None of that stuff matters to me.

"I don't like to assume that people know what I'm thinking".

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