REPORT: Magic Johnson didn’t like how Lakers played with ‘low energy’ vs. Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson was in Atlanta on Tuesday to watch his Lakers take on the Hawks, and the Hall of Famer didn’t like what he saw from the purple and gold.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Magic didn’t like how the team played with such “low energy” against a Hawks team who has one of the worst records in the NBA.
The Lakers lost to Atlanta by a final score of 117-113 and got thoroughly outplayed on both sides of the ball.
Another person said that Johnson, who was at the game in Atlanta, didn’t like how the team played with such “low energy.”
With the loss, the Lakers are now 28-29 on the season, 10th place in the Western Conference standings. When the franchise signed LeBron James last summer, this isn’t want the brain trust in Los Angeles had in mind.
Experts around the league, though, aren’t really surprised by how LA is playing this season. Sure, LeBron is still the best player in the world, but the roster Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have surrounded him with is pretty putrid when you consider there isn’t that much perimeter shooting on the team.
It’s obvious the failed attempt to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans has affected everyone on the club. The young guys such as Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma don’t know if the front office has them in their long-term plans, and LeBron is frustrated he’s not playing alongside another superstar.