Johnson "admonished" Walton for the Lakers' performance so far this season and made the coach aware there is immediate pressure on him to deliver a winning team, according to ESPN, citing unidentified league sources.
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.
But that doesn't change the fact that Magic appears unhappy with the Lakers 3-5 start ahead of a tough back-to-back this weekend. He then took a job with the Milwaukee Bucks and was with the team for roughly three and a half seasons, posting a 139-152 record over that stretch.
Asked by reporters Saturday about the meeting, LeBron James said his focus and the team's remain exclusively on winning basketball games.
LeBron James says he is tuning it all out.
"It actually never even gets to me really, so it's not a big deal for us", James added as the Lakers prepare for their first game since the meeting Saturday's again the Trail Blazers. Right now, our guys work extremely hard.
"As I was talking to Luke [with Pelinka], we said, 'Don't worry about if we get out to a bad start, '" Johnson told reporters in September. Every time we go on a losing streak, there's going to be stories out there and distractions out there.
"My message to the players was, this is what we talked about", Walton said. "We knew it was going to be like that from the summer when 'Zo had the knee surgery".
Following practice on Friday, Walton was asked about his standing with the Lakers and he was very confident about his status as the team's head coach. We've had a couple of setbacks with some suspensions.