Nor is it likely to end well for a lot of Lakers, some of whom could be New Orleans-bound in a trade for Anthony Davis … or cut for salary cap space, like the eight of them who are on one-year deals, to bring in more free agents like Klay Thompson … or unemployed like Coach Luke Walton if Magic Johnson holds him responsible for any shortfall.,I don’t see a second-round loss going over well with Johnson, not after he read Walton the riot act seven games into the season, then, in as close as he felt like coming to reassuring everyone publicly, said Luke would, “finish this season unless something drastic happens, which it won’t.”,It’s still emerging with last week’s report by ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski that Magic has wanted a new coach since he took over, but has yet to convince Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Walton.,Despite his cachet, James hasn’t been a behind-the-scenes schemer … aside from all his player recruiting … although Riley, whom LeBron left high and dry, late revealed that LeBron hinted that he would like him to fire Coach Erik Spoelstra during LeBron’s first season in Miami without coming out and actually asking him to do it.,A recent report from ESPN’s uber-connected Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has wanted a new coach since he took over in February of 2017, but has yet to convince team owner Jeanie Buss, who is “fiercely loyal” to Luke Walton, left.

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TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: Amazon Web Services, the massive cloud computing arm of Amazon that made $4.6 billion last quarter, held its big annual conference in Las Vegas this week — and there were quite a few sports-related announcements.,The league will use machine learning and data analytics services built by AWS for Next Gen Stats, a new platform that uses data from player and ball tracking devices to produce new advanced statistics like distance covered, speed, and acceleration — the idea is to better show a receiver’s ability to get open, for example, or how well the offensive line protects the quarterback.,During his keynote, AWS chief Andy Jassy talked about Hudl, a top sports tech startup based in Lincoln, Nebraska that sells video and analytics tools for coaches.,The company uses AWS’ machine learning tools to do “sports mapping” — for example, showing who passes to who in a soccer match.,What to watch this weekend: Plenty of exciting college football action Saturday — Memphis at UCF at 9 a.m. PT on ABC; TCU at Oklahoma at 9:30 a.m. on FOX; Georgia at Auburn at 1 p.m. on CBS; Miami at Clemson at 5 p.m. on ABC; Ohio State at Wisconsin at 5 p.m. on FOX; Stanford at USC at 5 p.m. on ESPN … Top NFL matchups are Vikings at Falcons at 10 a.m. on FOX; Panthers at Saints at 1:25 p.m. on FOX; and Eagles at Seahawks for Sunday Night Football on NBC … Tiger Woods is making his much-anticipated return this weekend at the Hero World Challenge — you can watch the tournament on NBC.

TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: Amazon Web Services, the massive cloud computing arm of Amazon that made $4.6 billion last quarter, held its big annual conference in Las Vegas this week — and there were quite a few sports-related announcements.,The league will use machine learning and data analytics services built by AWS for Next Gen Stats, a new platform that uses data from player and ball tracking devices to produce new advanced statistics like distance covered, speed, and acceleration — the idea is to better show a receiver’s ability to get open, for example, or how well the offensive line protects the quarterback.,During his keynote, AWS chief Andy Jassy talked about Hudl, a top sports tech startup based in Lincoln, Nebraska that sells video and analytics tools for coaches.,The company uses AWS’ machine learning tools to do “sports mapping” — for example, showing who passes to who in a soccer match.,What to watch this weekend: Plenty of exciting college football action Saturday — Memphis at UCF at 9 a.m. PT on ABC; TCU at Oklahoma at 9:30 a.m. on FOX; Georgia at Auburn at 1 p.m. on CBS; Miami at Clemson at 5 p.m. on ABC; Ohio State at Wisconsin at 5 p.m. on FOX; Stanford at USC at 5 p.m. on ESPN … Top NFL matchups are Vikings at Falcons at 10 a.m. on FOX; Panthers at Saints at 1:25 p.m. on FOX; and Eagles at Seahawks for Sunday Night Football on NBC … Tiger Woods is making his much-anticipated return this weekend at the Hero World Challenge — you can watch the tournament on NBC.