I know we all want Walton fired, and now the Franchise Cancer's Crew has Spoken. I really really hope he does NOT get fired now, these are the freakin Lakers, not the cHeat or Cavs. I get it, Magic did it, but he went up to Buss himself and didnt use his GOONS to get his message across. Can they just trade Lebron for pieces, this is a joke... to think this franchsie could have waited one more season, gotten Leonard and traded for Unibrow. Unless the Lakers make a big trade, no one of any significance will sign with the Lakers to play with this BUM
Dont get your feelings hurt, Lebron hasn't done [deleted] for the Lakers yet....
MacMullan: LeBron James' Camp Prefers Luke Walton to Be Fired as Lakers HC
ESPN senior writer Jackie MacMullan joined the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast on Friday and speculated that Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James' camp "would prefer a coaching change" away from L.A. head coach Luke Walton.
"It's clear to me, and probably to you, Brian, that LeBron's camp would prefer a coaching change—they're not too subtle about that," MacMullan said per transcribed remarks from Score NBA news editor Chicco Nacion.
"Not LeBron, but all the people around LeBron. There's plenty of them and they've made it known. I don't think this is a shock, is it?"
The 25-24 Lakers are currently on the outside looking into the Western Conference playoff picture in ninth place.
They beat the Golden State Warriors 127-101 in a Christmas Day road battle, but James suffered an injured groin.
L.A. has since gone just 5-10, including losses to the 10-36 New York Knicks and 9-40 Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers are also just 21st in offensive efficiency.
In fairness to Walton, the team looked like it had turned a page during that Warriors game, and the Lakers are also mostly solid on defense as evidenced by their ninth-place mark in efficiency on that end. L.A. has also been without backup point guard Rajon Rondo for 34 games as he suffered various injuries.
On the flip side, it's still surprising to see a team marked as a strong playoff contenderbefore the season just one game over .500 with the All-Star break approaching, which could naturally lead to some internal issues. MacMullan spoke about some reported problems on the podcast:
"There's a lot of tension in that building. I think people are wondering about Luke Walton, even though (owner and president) Jeanie Buss came out very strongly and said, 'I want Luke to be here, I back him 100 percent,' but then also made the point that has to be made—and that is that she hired Earvin 'Magic' Johnson to make these decisions."
Although the Lakers are struggling, help may be on the horizon. Walton mentioned to Mike Trudell and others on Thursday that James had not yet been ruled out for Sunday's game with the Phoenix Suns. Trudell also said James has been doing some drills as of Wednesday.
Edited by fido, January 28, 2019 - 03:39 PM.