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The Los Angeles Lakers came into this season with something they haven't had in a while: expectations.

The Lakers have started the season 3-5 and are giving up a whopping 121.1 points per game, which ranks 28th in the National Basketball Association.

League sources told ESPN that Johnson "admonished" Walton for the team's slow start to the season when they met on Tuesday.

Walton said Friday that closed-door discussions are not for public consumption, but denied anything has changed this week. Walton took over as the team's head coach in 2016.

"If they need help to shoot I'll coach them. I don't feel like I'm going anywhere".

ESPN reported Johnson has been heavy-handed in his approach to Walton behind the scenes despite Buss supporting the former Golden State Warriors assistant who played for the Lakers during Kobe Bryant's heyday.

"Magic, myself, (GM) Rob (Pelinka) and (owner) Jeanie (Buss) are in constant communication", he said. This is something that we do all the time. "What we discuss in our meetings is between us".

"They don't understand if you have a guy that's your second pick and you have the best player in the world, then don't take him out of the game, leave him in the game and rotate the three other guys around him - that's how you get victories if you want to win". I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient.

"We've played some good teams and we've had a chance to win a lot of those games", Walton said. We've had a couple of setbacks with some suspensions.

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