LOS ANGELES – The balcony that oversees the practice court gave Magic Johnson a clear view of the players below it. The setting seemed fitting since Johnson’s presence as the president of basketball operations has cast a looming shadow over the organization.
“It’s nice to look up there and see the Magic Man staring down,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, grinning.
Walton then chuckled when asked if Johnson had shouted instructions from above.
“No, he’s just observing. It’s not football. We don’t get up and use a blowhorn and yell directions onto the court,” Walton said. “It’s not like he’s the crazy old uncle that’s screaming at people. He’s just observing and making his own assessments of what’s happening. We then get together and talk about it.”
Either way, the Lakers (19-41) enter Tuesday’s game against Charlotte (25-34) at…