Sport Magic Johnson And Jeanie Buss Finally Publicly Back Luke Walton

05:32  14 january  2018
05:32  14 january  2018 Source:   The Big Lead

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Luke Walton has finally gotten a public show of support from the Los Angeles Lakers front office. Owner Jeanie Buss and team president Magic Johnson both tweeted their support for the Lakers head coach on Saturday. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) January 13, 2018.

Owner Jeanie Buss pushed back on recent reports by taking to Twitter to support Walton by revealing her dinner plans and using the hashtag “InLukeWeTrust” — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) January 13, 2018.

Magic Johnson And Jeanie Buss Finally Publicly Back Luke Walton: LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a call during a 93-81 Laker win over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on January 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a call during a 93-81 Laker win over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on January 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Luke Walton has finally gotten a public show of support from the Los Angeles Lakers front office. Owner Jeanie Buss and team president Magic Johnson both tweeted their support for the Lakers head coach on Saturday.

First, Buss sent the following tweet:

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Then, after the Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks in overtime to secure their fourth-straight win, Johnson posted the following:

Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma was a fan of Magic's tweet:

After LaVar Ball claimed Walton had lost the team and that none of the Lakers wanted to play for him, the organization's brass was notably silent. Meanwhile rumors circulated that the team was considering replacing Walton with David Fizdale.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne shut down the Fizdale speculation on Saturday:

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Magic Johnson , Jeanie Buss address Lakers fans on front office, Luke Walton and more. 236dBaxter Holmes.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a relatively new regime running the team, with the group of head coach Luke Walton , general manager Rob Pelinka, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and owner Jeanie Buss attempting to work in concert to propel the franchise forward.

Frankly, the Lakers probably hadn't said anything because they didn't want to respond to a player's dad's comments.

The Lakers would be idiots to fire Walton after two seasons with an absurdly young roster. He's a high-upside coach building something with a young roster that has dramatically improved since last season. The record will likely reflect the improvement by the end of the season as the team continues to improve.

Yes, LA's recent nine-game losing streak was awful, but they were also missing Lonzo Ball for six of those games. The team is so much better when he's on the floor, even when the numbers don't show it.

The Lakers need to be saved from themselves

  The Lakers need to be saved from themselves <p>The Lakers are a bad team with young talent and no real depth. They handicapped themselves by handing out money like free samples at Costco to Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov during the 2016 Salary Cap Bonanza.</p>In the four years since, the Lakers have missed the playoffs every year and — barring some sort of miracle unseen in NBA history — will make it five in 2018, quite possibly with the worst record in the Western Conference. Since taking over control of the team, Jeanie Buss has had to fire two coaches, one of them — Byron Scott, an esteemed former player — while enduring the humiliation of tanking and an end to Lakers Exceptionalism.

Luke Walton . jeanie buss . This is so much less satisfying than Magic Johnson saying “hey, LaVar, give it a rest,” but it’s also not nothing.

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Walton signed up for a long-term rebuilding project when he took the job in 2016. He deserves time to make it work.

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