Listen: Lakers, Luke Walton, Magic discussed on The Jump
"Welcome to the job. I'm Rachel Nichols. Insiders. Hossan? It's supposedly a football Monday. Come on is always an NBA because there's always news like this morning. The rockets are getting their defensive coordinator back from tire meant how much of a difference will that make we will discuss that shortly. But first there was a point this summer when a lot of folks were joking that the Lakers needed their own reality show keeping up with the Kardashians. Practically mince money. So think about how show would do if it starred Magic Johnson. Lebron James, Luke Walton Lonzo ball. And then I don't know. Hey, let's throw him land. Stevenson, and Michael Beasley Kobe Bryant could do guest appearances. Obviously, it's almost also perfect. It's almost like rob Pelinka approach this season. More like a casting director than GM except now ten games. We see that. The Lakers don't really need a reality show, documenting them at all they are the reality show and just the past few days provided its own boatload of episodes start with Friday afternoon when ESPN first reported that contentious meeting that magic had with Luke and over the next few hours more details emerged from other outlets about yelling and cursing. Magic criticizing for the teams slow start. What a magic intended to or not the implication was that Luke's job security was already in jeopardy which created a circus of practice and then high drama as on Saturday night. The Lakers beat the blazers in a super tight game. Also over the weekend came the news. The Phoenix Suns were buying out Tyson Chandler, so well and to renew character for the show at six years old Chandler, no longer the same player who helped the Mavericks upset LeBron James by heat in the NBA finals, but come on. He's still going to be welcome on a team that does desperate precise and rebounding as the lake. Between that and a couple of wins since his big outburst. Luke, it wasn't a surprise that by last night. Magic could cooled off some before the Lakers game against Toronto. He met with reporters from the LA times and told them that Walton is not on the clock. Saying quote, he's going to finish the season. And then added quote, unless something drastic happens, which it won't nothing. Drastic something drastic. Oh, I don't know. How about this? Yup. That was the score of rape rafters Lakers after a quarter last night the worst ever quarter a basketball in the Lakers long and rich history. And did I mentioned the rappers without Kawhi Leonard? Now, look, I will note it's not so unusual for a team, especially a young team like LA to come out flat. When their opponent is missing. Its best player is just too easy to think the game is going to be well on too easy. Also, the Lakers were on the second night of a back to back and also the raptors are really really good. And while everyone from Hamilton to us wa knows it won't be until the RA raptors succeed in the playoffs. It's still worth saying then on another night of drama at Staples. The raptor show themselves to be the biggest stars. So there's all of that still still still still even with that. It is not as surprise that. After that first quarter. Some of the home fans started to boo and our ESPN reporter owned young Suk felt the need to check in with magic. Luke, we'll be here all season thing. And to Magic's credit he did repeat it saying quote. Yeah, we're not gonna fire him. He added quote. He's our coach where supporting him, and that's it which for the record. I think is completely the correct sentiment. The economics of the NBA make this league way. Too quick to hold coaches responsible for the sins of so many others, and Luke in particular is a smart young coach who already has championship experience. But it's also an interesting statement for magic to have made. Because now he's made a public promise that he will be held to which will likely create more drama in the coming months. Fire up the cameras the reality show continues.."