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SportLuke Walton said he has '100 percent' moved past October meeting with Magic Johnson

04:55  12 january  2019
04:55  12 january  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Report: Luke Walton still has the backing of Lakers owner The Los Angeles Lakers have dropped from a top-four seed on Christmas Day to completely out of the Western Conference Playoffs in a matter of less than a month. It’s obvious that the loss of LeBron James to a groin injury has played a role in this free fall. Los Angeles boasts a 3-7 record since James suffered said injury in a blowout win over the Warriors. This has led to speculation that head coach Luke Walton’s seat could be getting hot. 

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Sources: Luke Walton takes heat from Magic Johnson for Lakers' start. Johnson 's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to Buss' support for Walton has remained unwavering since Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka assumed

Luke Walton said he has '100 percent' moved past October meeting with Magic Johnson© Provided by Oath Inc. Luke Walton said he and Lakers team president Magic Johnson talk regularly and are in a good place after a reported rough start to the season between the pair. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Despite a slow start and repeated reported rifts between Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton and team president Magic Johnson, Walton insisted the pair’s relationship has been solid midway through his second-year as the team’s head coach.

“It’s been good,” Walton told The Athletic this week. “Honestly, it has. … Anytime I call him, he calls back within an hour or two, and we talk hoops. He wants to win, and I want to win. So as far as that (goes), we’re all trying to do the same thing, and I don’t feel like he’s trying to move me out of there.”

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Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson called Lakers coach Luke Walton into a “I feel like I have a great relationship with management, yes,” Walton said Friday morning when asked Johnson ’s anger with Walton surprised some in the organization. Even though Walton was hired by

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The Lakers got out to a slow 3-5 start this season — something that drew criticism instantly from the basketball world, especially after the addition of LeBron James. The start even reportedly caused Johnson to have “admonished” Walton in a meeting on October 30, causing many to speculate about his job security.

Things have improved for the Lakers since then. They now have a 23-19 record and are sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference — currently on pace to sneak into the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

The team has stumbled lately — they’ve gone 2-5 without James since Christmas Day, when he suffered a groin injury that has sidelined him since. And a lot can change between now and playoff time. The Lakers hold a narrow lead over both the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings for that final playoff spot in the West, and many speculate that they’ll attempt to land another superstar to play alongside James at some point, too.

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While Magic Johnson was upset in their meeting , he doesn't make 'rash decisions' and still believes in Walton . In a conversation with me, @BA_Turner and @BillPlaschke, Magic Johnson said his contentious meeting with Luke Walton had no bearing on Walton ’s job security.

As he strode over to meet a pool of reporters, he stopped to chat with Kyle Kuzma, pantomiming some screening stances as they talked. An ESPN report that dropped Friday morning suggested team president Magic Johnson had dressed down Walton on Tuesday, upset after the Lakers’ 2-5 start

Walton, however, said he’s completely past that meeting with Johnson more than two months ago. Now, they’re in a good place — something he knows is critical for success in Los Angeles.

“We definitely talked about (the Oct. 30 meeting),” Walton told The Athletic. “Me and him, one on one. We 100 percent have moved forward from it. I don’t think it has changed anything. We still — it’s still the ultimate goal, and there’s time when I’ll call him or go sit in his office and pick his brain on what he’s seeing and what kind of suggestions he might have.

“But there’s no — what’s the word — discomfort. I don’t walk in there, and it’s like, ‘F—, I’ve got to go talk to Magic.’ Like, I have no problem going in and sitting down with him and talking about what’s going on without thinking about that at all.”

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