3. The team’s slow start is because of several slow starts on the roster
Luke Walton absolutely has a big impact on how a game turns out and whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers lose; if he didn’t there would be no point of even having head coaches in the NBA any longer.
However, just because the team is not winning as many games as expected does not make it Walton’s fault. There are certain areas where the head coach can improve but Walton cannot literally go out there and shoot the ball for guys that cannot find their stroke.
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So while it has not been pretty for the Los Angeles Lakers thus far, it cannot be solely placed on Walton. Several different players have had slow starts to the season, including the center of the franchise, LeBron James.
From a box score standpoint, James has had a decent showing thus far this season. However, when you pick it apart, he has been pretty bad in some areas as well, most noticeably three-point shooting.
LeBron’s two three-point shots moved his three-point shooting percentage from 24.4 percent to 27.9 percent this season.
That is criminally low for James, who will not be at that percentage all season long. This is simply a slow start that will eventually even itself out.
And let’s not forget that the team had to deal with the suspension of Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo. Even when he is on the court, Ingram has been good, not great, although he has plenty of time to turn into that true number two star.
These are things that begin to even themselves out as the season goes along and the balance of the NBA is restored. Not only is it way too early to consider firing Walton, but it is also way too nearsighted.