Luke Walton was hired by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, but a source close to Walton says one of the best things to happen to him was the hiring of Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson.

Walton and Pelinka meet before every game to discuss basketball and life.

Walton has known Pelinka and Johnson for years, and the three appear to be in sync on their vision of rebuilding the Lakers.