Lakers vs. Trail Blazers - Game Recap


But after the Lakers dropped to 2-5 following losses in winnable games at San Antonio and Minnesota, Johnson met with Walton. Everyone wants to play but for us to be successful this year, we need everyone at different times int he season stepping up to help us win games.

Walton, meanwhile, reiterated that despite the fanfare surrounding the arrival of James, rebuilding the Lakers after years of mediocrity - they have not reached the playoffs since 2013 - would take time.

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a very uneven start to the season and there is blame to go around at every level.

But when you take James on your team, you better be willing to make him the sun of your organization, meaning everything, and I mean everything, revolves around him, as it should. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better". "I know the turnovers between one timeout and the next timeout, we had two or three turnovers that they converted right away, and that's when the lead kind of ballooned from 8 to 15".

The coach likes what he has seen from the starting lineup of James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee in the past two games but knows things could still be fluid over the next few weeks. "We love the fact that we're going to get another veteran".

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"Magic and I talk a lot about basketball and our team and his opinions and my opinions", Walton said.

James has a close relationship with both men. The historic nature of the Lakers win at Portland wasn't lost on LeBron James nor Luke Walton after the game. When you're not making shots that means you've got to go to the other end and you've got to be really sharp.

James described snapping the 16-game losing streak to Portland as the Lakers getting "over the hump".

Even a win for the Los Angeles Lakers over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night was not enough to change the narrative in LA. If anything, LeBron and this young core of guys were more likely to get off to a tremendously hot start and begin to hit some rough patches a third of the way into the season as the momentum and adrenaline from the new season wore off.