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And while many will point to the track record of James and coaches getting fired, the same report suggests that James has been supportive of Walton privately as much as publicly. Two starters, forward Brandon Ingram and guard Rajon Rondo, missed games due to suspensions and guard Lonzo Ball started training camp on a minutes restriction after offseason knee surgery.

"Magic, myself, (GM) Rob (Pelinka) and (owner) Jeanie (Buss) are in constant communication", he said. "But eventually we are going to get it, and we are going to be a really good team". It takes hard work. We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games, unfortunately we haven't.

Lakers: Home against Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Have you been wondering when LaVar Ball was going to open his very loud mouth about the Los Angeles Lakers' struggles to open the 2018-19 season?

"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them", James said of his young team.

The Lakers, who recruited LeBron James in the off-season as they attempt to revitalize the National Basketball Association giants, have won just 3 of their 8 games this season.

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"We're still in the real early stages", James said.

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess", said James. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there. Clearly, they are looking for better things.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Lakers had utilized 93 different player combinations through their first seven games, second only to the Hawks' 122.

The Lakers bench helped get Los Angeles back into the game in the first half and outscored the Blazers subs 51-26. "I think I'm actually at the two [shooting guard], but I just try to come in and try to play wherever the coach wants me". "We've got to figure groups out", Walton said.

The Lakers coaching staff is feeling some pressure after Johnson's latest talk.

"I am doing everything just to win". "But again, what those conversations are, those will remain between me and the front office". People don't know why they're in the game. "I don't feel like I'm going anywhere".