Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach".
The Lakers bench helped get Los Angeles back into the game in the first half and outscored the Blazers subs 51-26.
Entering the season, several executives and coaches around the league told ESPN that Walton had perhaps the most challenging job in the National Basketball Association and wondered how he would make a roster of one-year veterans with strong personalities and a young developing core work best around LeBron James.
In September, Johnson told reporters (H/T ESPN), "As I was talking to Luke [with Pelinka], we said, 'Don't worry about if we get out to a bad start". If anything is going to happen with Walton - and don't expect some panic move early - it will be with LeBron's approval.
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When you throw LeBron James into the drama known as the Real Lakers of Los Angeles, we knew the results would be spectacular. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.
"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defence is", Stotts said. The Lakers will travel to Portland for a matchup against the Blazers on Saturday night, followed by a home game against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors the following night. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient.
"I think the entire game we didn't shoot the ball really well from three", said Damian Lillard.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the meeting elevated the awareness within the coaching staff that the pressure is on to make the Lakers competitive in the near future. People don't know why they're in the game. I'd have to go back and look at it, but usually it's two or three things.