Report: Luke Walton’s job ‘not in danger’
Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson may not be thrilled with how Luke Walton has the team playing, but his job apparently is not on the line yet.
According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, it is true that Johnson angrily met with his coach after a winless two-game road trip, but ownership is firmly behind Walton and Johnson is not close to firing him.
Magic Johnson was angry in the meeting he had with Luke Walton (first reported by @wojespn and @mcten) but he doesn't make rash decisions. Several sources told me and @BA_Turner that Luke Walton's job is not in danger. Further, ownership still very much believes in him.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 2, 2018
Read like this, that angry meeting sounds like a warning shot from Johnson. For now, Walton appears secure. If the Lakers continue to lose, it’s reasonable that this could change very quickly, but for now, reports that Walton is essentially coaching for his job appear to be premature.