LaVar Ball is coming for Luke Walton again

LeBron James posts'what if? about being Lakers teammates with Kobe Bryant

LeBron James posts'what if? about being Lakers teammates with Kobe Bryant

James had 28 points and seven assists and the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 114-110 Saturday night.

"With communication, defensive scheme, ball movement and accountability - we're better than we were two weeks ago", the power forward added. They have won two games in a row since, and James said the meeting was "not a big deal".

"My message to the players was, this is what we talked about", Walton said.

Portland shot a 6 for 35 (17 percent) from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent from the field overall. "They missed some 3s, but we were contesting, chasing over the top and defending".

"We haven't had a lot of success against this team either at home or away for a long time so this is a really good win", said James.

"I think every game, every road trip, every film session, every day that we're together is going to continue to get us more and more familiar with one another".

Asked if he feels he has job security, Walton replied, "I feel like I'm coming down here to do my job and coach".

"I mean, it's great to win, period". So if I'm talking, I'm going to explain myself no matter what the situation is. It is unknown if James is a part of that group.

Lakers and National Basketball Association reporter for ESPN. James, it should be noted, also gave major props to Lakers reserve big man Ivica Zubac for being ready to answer the call.

By doing this, Johnson is contradicting what he said in the offseason when he made it clear Walton would "have time" to work things out with the team's younger players, which is already a bad enough look.

"So any time my team-mates are successful - I love that more than anything".

The Lakers almost bungled a 20-point lead with under ten minutes in the game (last night), with LeBron scoring 10 of his 28 points in the 4th quarter to seal the win.

"Great to snap that", James said of the Lakers' streak of futility against Portland. "To beat Portland, you can't just come in and win without playing really hard and really well".

While the Lakers outscored the Raptors by 11 points for the remainder of the game, they could not overcome Serge Ibaka, who had 34 points (15-of-17 shooting) and 10 rebounds in a 121-107 loss that wasn't as close as the final score may suggest.

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