"Luke can care less about what's going on outside".
ESPN reported Friday that Johnson had chided Walton in a meeting earlier this week.
James has yet to publicly express frustration about the Lakers' coaching in his first season with the team, though there is reportedly "discontent" among some Lakers veterans over Walton's lineup decisions, per ESPN.
The Lakers narrowly won their eighth game 114-113 over the struggling Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, temporarily alleviating the pressure on a team that has expectations from Johnson and team management to win sooner rather than later.
Through eight regular-season games, the Lakers have accumulated just a 3-5 record. The Lakers have fallen to the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs (twice) by a combined nine points in the three games.
"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them", James said of his young team.
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Johnson's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said.
"The first and third quarters defensively we were pretty good and then we had two very bad quarters". "We were able to get stops in the fourth quarter and we were getting some momentum on offense".
Entering the season, several executives and coaches around the league told ESPN that Walton had perhaps the most challenging job in the National Basketball Association and wondered how he would make a roster of one-year veterans with strong personalities and a young developing core work best around LeBron James.
"We know where we're going and we know what it takes to get there".
"We have been saying since the beginning that we need to be patient", Walton said.
Remember, it was Ball who called out Walton last season and said he had lost the Lakers' locker room, and although Walton brushed off the comments with some humor, Ball's comments echoed through the media for weeks. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better".
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