The Lakers still have plenty of time to right the ship this season, and many of their players are still young and developing.
Following their huge 114-110 road win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night, Lakers forward LeBron James chimed in his thoughts on the looming addition of Tyson Chandler to their squad. "We know where we're going, we know how to get there".
"It's, what can I do to make this team the best that we can be and are we getting better?"
Until things are set, however, Walton will continue to go with his gut feeling, and rely on the Lakers' culture to keep everyone engaged.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a very uneven start to the season and there is blame to go around at every level.
The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left.
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"I think the entire game we didn't shoot the ball really well from three", said Damian Lillard. "We know where we're going, we know how to get there, and it takes time and it takes hard work".
Damian Lillard finished with 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 shooting from three, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes.
The Lakers go into tonight's contest against the Toronto Raptors with a 4-5 record. "To beat Portland, you can't just come in and win without playing really hard and really well". "That's not always my philosophy but with this team I'd like to keep one of those guys out there as much as possible". "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better".
And the timeout might have been just what Portland needed to get back into the game.
LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition.
The Mavericks, who dropped to 0-5 on the road, are one of seven teams in the National Basketball Association without a win away from home.