The Lakers find themselves in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and frustrations have been boiling over repeatedly this season. The team currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference standings after a 5-5 start to the season.
In December, players and coaches gathered for a meeting to “air out their grievances”, and since then, the effort level has dropped significantly. With six of their last seven losses coming by double-digits, there have been questions regarding Luke Walton and if he has lost the team.
While everything seems to be falling apart for the young team led by a young coach, the team will not even consider showing Walton the door.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the second-year head coach’s job is not in jeopardy.
Luke Walton's job status is "not even a conversation" according to a Lakers source. https://t.co/7UoivlCUtH
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 7, 2018
Walton is certain that he has the support of the front office. He told reporters at shootaround, “I know they have my back.”
Though the team has been faltering in year two under Walton, they have dealt with injuries and are still remarkably young. The right move is to stay the course with Walton and give both, the team and the coach, time to improve.