The Lakers are 3-5 through eight games and their president of basketball operations is not happy it.
On Tuesday, Magic Johnson met with Luke Walton and admonished the head coach for the team's slow start, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
An excerpt from the report:
Johnson's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said. 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.
Magic met with Walton the day after the Lakers returned home from a two-game road trip, which included losses to the Spurs and Timberwolves.
On Wednesday, the Lakers barely held on to beat the visiting Mavericks. Los Angeles led by 13 with a little over three minutes remaining but won by only one point.
The schedule is not about to get easier as the Lakers play in Portland on Saturday and host the Raptors on Sunday.
Walton is in the third season of the 5-year deal he signed with the Lakers back in late April 2016.
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