As the Lakers returned for their first home game since the All-Star break, their new president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, watched from a suite in Staples Center as they lost, 119-98, to the San Antonio Spurs.
Lakers Coach Luke Walton was asked if Johnson’s presence on Sunday afternoon affected his players.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I would imagine they would’ve played harder if it had an effect on them one way or another.”
The Lakers were lethargic from the start and for much of the first half.
The Spurs simply marched on, with little regard for a Lakers team that’s still adjusting in more ways than one. They handed Los Angeles its 41st loss...