Luke Walton looks like a useless man strolling on the Lakers sideline, and never simply because LA goes to overlook the playoffs. There are lots of components at play, from LeBron to his agent, Wealthy Paul, and primarily, management of the franchise.
Is President Magic Johnson placing collectively what he thinks is the very best Lakers group, or is he simply following orders from LeBron and Wealthy Paul? It’s anybody’s guess, however after studying a chunk in The Athletic in regards to the state of affairs, it’s fairly clear the Luke Walton camp is pushing again towards Magic and LeBron.
However is it too late?
Whereas Buss has been an ardent backer of Walton, she has additionally empowered Johnson, who has been much less resolute in his help. His efforts have all labored towards his coach somewhat than with him. After delivering James in July, Johnson ignored the pleas of the teaching workers that he retain Brook Lopez and Julius Randle. As a substitute, he signed controversial and restricted journeymen JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson.
So with lower than 20 video games left within the season, and the Lakers out of playoff rivalry, now we discover out the teaching workers didn’t need Michael Beasley (who’s at the moment taking part in in China), and so they needed to maintain Brook Lopez, who’s fifth within the NBA in blocks and taking pictures a career-best 36 % on Three-pointers.
Fascinating that this comes out now, as Luke Walton is on the finish of the plank.
The query is whether or not or not there can be blowback from followers. The reply is straightforward: If the Lakers can land a star in free company – Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving or Klay Thompson or Kawhi Leonard – or commerce for Anthony Davis then no person will point out Walton, Beasley or Lopez. All can be high-quality.
Magic and LeBron will appear to be heroes.
In the event that they don’t get a kind of huge names? Gulp. It wouldn’t shock me to see Magic Johnson – sure, the most well-liked Lakers participant of all-time – be the man who loses the facility battle to LeBron. That would definitely be ugly.