"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them", James said of his young team. He is going to struggle because there are so many new moving parts. They face the 6-2 Trail Blazers on Saturday in Portland before hosting the 7-1 Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Los Angeles. I've been saying [and] we've been saying since the beginning: We're going to be patient.
"My message to the players was, this is what we talked about", Walton said. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better". "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". The Lakers have fallen to the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs (twice) by a combined nine points in the three games.
"It's hard to get a handle around the league where defence is", Stotts said.
The tense meeting highlighted Walton's tenuous job security and showed the need for the Lakers to find success soon in order to avoid changes, ESPN reported.
"I am doing everything just to win".
"I don't like to assume that people know what I'm thinking". I'd have to go back and look at it, but usually it's two or three things.