The Los Angeles Lakers are finally over .500 for the first time this season and so, of course, people are wondering whether Luke Walton is the right guy for the job. That kind of thing happens after a disappointing win, though.
So, today’s Locked on Lakers is another mailbag edition. But before I dive into the questions, I start by talking about Sunday night’s win — which was way more exciting than it should have been.
Lonzo Ball not playing down the stretch of games is indicative of a larger problem. There’s no way to know if that decision is coming from Luke Walton specifically, or from his bosses. The idea of a front office telling a coach how to do their job is a lot more stressful than it should be.
We start tonight’s questions by trying to figure out which Laker makes the most sense as a superhero. This is tough, as all professional athletes are extraordinary, but at the very least, LeBron James as Superman makes sense. Also Brandon Ingram as Stretch Armstrong is maybe the best comparison on the entire Lakers roster.
Next, someone asked if it’s worth it to continue to mention how Magic Johnson or Rob Pelinka did not hire Walton. Sometimes, it takes unfortunate truths to wake one up to the reality of the situation. That’s the case here. Neither Magic Johnson or Rob Pelinka (or LeBron James, for that matter) hired Walton. Because that’s how it is, that’s how things will remain. But Walton definitely can still earn himself the job moving forward. Hopefully.
As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes, or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing to either “The Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” or “Locked on Lakers” on iTunes.