A week before the end of the regular season, Lakers owner Jenny Buss openly talked about the work of team coach Walton and operating President Magic Johnson.
Asked if manager Walton would remain in office, Jenny answered, "I will not give you the answer to this question. Walton came to the Lakers from a rookie, the last season of the OK era. He could be said to be a bridge between the OK era and the Kobe-Gasol era.
I don't think he's aware of his talent, his leadership. He can connect with everyone, people of different ages, and I think he has done a very good job.
It's a tough challenge for the coach to keep changing his lineup, but we're on the right track and beat the Warriors at Christmas. It's a very good result for me. Then James was injured, which put a lot of pressure on the coach.
Wharton worked very hard and the players loved him very much. I think he has done a good job under all kinds of pressure! __________
Speaking of Magic Johnson, the president of Lakers operations, Jenny said, "I'll follow the Magic in making decisions about basketball. He knows what the team is going to be and where it's going, and we're building a team for that. I have a closer relationship with the magician than any other executive. We have a sense of mission to do things that are not yet done, but are moving in the right direction.