Magic Johnson said Luke Walton will remain the Lakers’ head coach barring something drastic happening this season.
Magic Johnson promises that Luke Walton will “finish the year” as the Lakers coach. https://t.co/Hsp71shhth
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 5, 2018
Asked Sunday night what drastic can be defined as, Johnson politely declined to go into detail.
Johnson’s support for Walton comes two days after ESPN reported that the Lakers president of basketball operations chided Walton in a meeting following the Lakers’ two road losses at San Antonio and Minnesota and their 2-5 start.
Walton said he had received messages of support from different corners but that it did not help or affect how he continues to approach his job in his third season as head coach.
“I have my job to coach this team and the support is nice, obviously, whether it is coming from my dad or it is coming from another coach,” Walton said. “It’s nice, but it doesn’t change what I am doing as far as the job and coaching this team and these players. It doesn’t influence that at all.”
“My job is hard, but it is a lot of fun,” added Walton when asked if the news of his meeting with Johnson coming out made his job any harder. “I love my job. And nothing changed. It didn’t get any harder. Prepping for Portland [on Saturday] is never easy, but we went about our business the same we always do.”
When asked what his father, Bill Walton, said to him, the coach replied, “That he loves and supports me no matter what.”
Magic Johnson, Luke Walton and LeBron James blaming each other for the Lakers struggles pic.twitter.com/E9fxiQaHLs
— Bruh Report (@BruhReport) November 5, 2018
We know LeBron is the new coach of the Lakers, and he’ll ultimately decide Luke Walton’s fate.
If they win, he should stick around for a bit.