Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways

Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways

Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways

With Johnson no longer in the picture as president of basketball operations, there was some thought that perhaps Walton would remain head coach in some part because of support from Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

It took Luke Walton just over 24 hours to land on his feet with another head coaching job in the National Basketball Association.

Having been fourth in the Western Conference as of Christmas Day, injury to LeBron and subsequent off-court problems saw the Lakers end the year in 10th with a 37-45 record.

The 39-year-old Walton, who played at UA from 1999 to 2003, had coached the Lakers since 2016.

With LeBron already in place for three more seasons, and desperately needing to get back to the playoffs, it's not surprising that the Lakers would look towards known commodities in their coaching search.

Leaving the Lakers this summer could be great for Walton, who was basically in a no-win situation in LA.

In New Orleans, Willims was 173-221 though failed to take the Pelicans past the first round of the playoffs in either of the two seasons they qualified under him, losing to the Lakers in 2011 and Golden State in 2015.

There's never a boring moment in Laker Land. The Lakers' season fell apart during the longest injury absence of James' career, and they ended the season with almost every important player in their young core sidelined by injuries.

"I think that's unfair".

Despite everything, the Lakers went 15-8 in their 23 games with James, Ingram and Ball all healthy.

"It affected us a lot", guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said.

"He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don't develop their entire life, or their entire career", Rondo said Wednesday.

Walton and Divac are reportedly now in the late stages of finalizing a multi-year agreement for the head coaching position.

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