Despite Johnson’s prior proclamations of needing to allow time for Walton to develop a young roster surrounding four-time MVP LeBron James, evidence is mounting that Walton’s job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 to start the season. Johnson’s aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said. Throughout his tenure with the Lakers, Johnson has earned an internal reputation for an often-time volatile management style, including with his handling of Walton and the coaching staff, sources said.
September 24, 2021 | 4:34 pm EDT Update
NBA Central: Giannis says LeBron is still the best player in the world “I’m not the best player in the world. I am telling you, I’m not. KD, LeBron, Kawhi, Luka, Curry, AD might be. I am not. I’m still hunting the All-Time Greats. LeBron is still the best player in the world” (@Eurohoops) pic.twitter.com/waI9LxtS6a
NBA Central: Giannis doesn’t believe James Harden’s “run and dunk” comments were about him “I think that the media made it about me. Harden is a great player and when I am on the court against him I have to play real hard. He is a Hall of Famer, I have nothing against him” (@Eurohoops) pic.twitter.com/jBC9GK3ebM
Mirjam Swanson: “Priority No. 1” Lawrence Frank says, was re-signing Kawhi. Makes sense. “It’s great validation … says a lot about his teammates, Ty and the coaching staff and where we’re at and where we’re trying to go.”