A report revealed that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson had a tense conversation with Walton in which he admonished the coach for the team's slow start - specifically that Johnson felt there was a lack of identity on offense.
The Lakers started the season 3-5, and a recent two-game skid reportedly prompted Johnson to chide Walton for the team's performance.
Sources told ESPN that "Johnson's aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including principal owner Jeanie Buss".
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.
Details of the meeting, first reported by ESPN on Friday morning, were revealing but far from surprising.
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The Lakers enter Saturday with a record of 3-5.
"We're still in the real early stages", he said. But fact remains that Luke Walton wasn't a Magic Johnson hire or LeBron James recommendation leading many to believe if things continue to get rough, he'll be the odd man out. "We know where we're going, we know how to get there". "This is something we do all the time". Right now, our guys work extremely hard.
"We have been saying since the beginning that we need to be patient", Walton said. We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games, unfortunately we haven't.
Walton was asked if he has expressed the challenges the Lakers coaching staff has faced with the new pieces, suspensions and constant search for chemistry with a shortened training camp and preseason.