At various points this season, guys like Ryan Anderson, Lou Williams and Eric Gordon have helped James Harden win games. Saturday, it was Clint Capela.
Harden and Capela led the Rockets to a 123-108 win against the Grizzlies by combining to score 57 points. Harden led the way with 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Capela added 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“Honestly, it wasn’t ever clear to me (that Jim and Kupchak would be on their way out) because when I interviewed that was one of the questions I asked, was ‘Are we going to be in this together?’ And they said ‘Yeah,’ so I was under the assumption that (it was) Jimmy and Mitch. So I wasn’t worried about this or that. I was expecting that that was the front office, the whole time I was going to be here, at least for a while, so there wasn’t any uncertainty with me.”
The news was unsettling to Walton for obvious reasons. When a new regime takes over a sports franchise, it often brings in a new coach.
Working in Walton’s favor is a solid rapport with Jeannie Buss, something she didn’t have with Walton’s predecessors Mike D’Antoni and Byron Scott, USA Today notes.
But Walton is just getting to know his new direct boss, Magic Johnson. When he was Lakers player, Walton occasionally intersected with Magic.
“It was not a really deep relationship or anything like that,” he said.
For now, Walton is keeping to task.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” he said. “We get the Cheap European Soccer Jerseys opportunity to try and rebuild and get the Lakers back on top, (and) yeah I get really frustrated Cheap Football Jerseys From China with losing. It’s tough to sleep at night, but by the time I wake up in the morning, I’m normally very positive and excited driving into work about what we get to do for the day. That’s kind of the approach I take going into it.”