Magic Johnson puts pressure on Luke Walton after Lakers' slow start

LeBron James and Luka Doncic

While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers. With the slow start to the season so far, Luke Walton may be under pressure from the front office to perform sooner rather than later.

ESPN reported Friday that Johnson had chided Walton in a meeting earlier this week.

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.

Lakers break streak against Blazers: The Lakers had lost their last 16 meetings against the Blazers heading into Saturday's game.

Saturday was their first road win of the season against a team with a winning record against a Portland team riding a 3-game win streak and playing some of the best ball in the National Basketball Association over the opening stretch of the season.

Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach". "It's tough to get a win in Portland [even] when they don't have a good team".

LeBron James is still the best player in the world and a once-in-generation talent that we may never see the likes of again. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid. "We kind of just let them have their way and that was the obvious time to tighten up - when we wasn't making shots".

"It just shows that what we're doing is working", Walton said of beating the Blazers for the first time since March 3, 2014. "The numbers say we're 11th but it doesn't feel like it, but we are". It feels good knowing that our team is getting better. "We know this is going to happen". We've had a couple setbacks with some suspensions, but we've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there. It is unknown if James is a part of that group. "So none of that stuff matters to me", he added.

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

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