Many people around the league had questions about how Luke Walton would be able to handle the acquisition of LeBron James and if they are able to co-exist. Brian Windhorst is reporting that Lebron has been ignoring some of the calls that Luke Walton gives him when he runs the point guard position.
The scouts also have noticed that when James is running the point, he rarely looks toward the bench to receive play calls from coach Luke Walton. Even when he has seen them, the scouts say, he ignores them and runs the play he prefers. Walton has adjusted, and now when James is running the show, Walton will typically just let him call the game. This probably shouldn’t be considered a slight -- it’s just James being James.
This is not a big shot at Luke Walton at all, but it is very interesting due to the fact that many Lakers fans didn't have clarity on Luke Walton during the first 2-3 weeks of the season when reports came out that Magic Johnson had an "angry" meeting with him.
Every coach in James’ career has had to figure out how to coach up LeBron’s basketball IQ and take advantage of the way he sees the floor and the game which hasn't always been easy.
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