Magic Johnson Reportedly ‘Shouted And Cursed At’ Luke Walton During Their Meeting

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Evidence is mounting that Walton's job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season. That is the task faced by Lakers coach Luke Walton, and it appears the pressure is revving up.

When you throw LeBron James into the drama known as the Real Lakers of Los Angeles, we knew the results would be spectacular.

In the preseason, Johnson implored patience for his team and coach.

The Lakers finished 36-46 last season, missing the playoffs.

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ESPN said Johnson had "admonished" Walton during a meeting on Tuesday, saying the Lakers legend had adopted an "aggressive tone" with the coach. Two starters, forward Brandon Ingram and guard Rajon Rondo, missed games due to suspensions and guard Lonzo Ball started training camp on a minutes restriction after offseason knee surgery.

Throughout his tenure with the Lakers, Johnson has earned an internal reputation for an often-time volatile management style, including with his handling of Walton and the coaching staff, sources said. But fact remains that Luke Walton wasn't a Magic Johnson hire or LeBron James recommendation leading many to believe if things continue to get rough, he'll be the odd man out.

"I think Luke's trying to figure out what works best", James told reporters. "We know where we're going, we know how to get there".

"Whenever we go on a losing streak there's going to be stories out there and distractions", Walton said.

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