Lakers Part Ways With Head Coach Luke Walton After Three Seasons

Lakers Part Ways With Head Coach Luke Walton After Three Seasons

Lakers Part Ways With Head Coach Luke Walton After Three Seasons

"We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward". In an impromptu press conference, Johnson told reporters that his position as the team's president did not allow him to be himself.

Walton, who had his well-publicized run-ins with Johnson, lasted three seasons in Lakers-land, extending the now-futile franchise's streak without postseason ball to six years.

Walton is a former player who spent nine of his 10 National Basketball Association seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win back-to-back championships in 2009-10.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Tyronn Lue, who coached LeBron James in Cleveland for a few years, is a "strong frontrunner" for the job.

Walton's Lakers also were rattled by Johnson's midseason pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans forward Anthony Davis in a trade that would have resulted in a complete roster upheaval. Walton finished his third season as head coach with a frustrating and disappointing 37-45 record in a season that began with massive expectations after LeBron James' arrival. Should Ball be made available this summer, the Chicago Bulls could have an inside track on the 21-year-old point guard. He went 26-56 in his first season with the team.

Although he is out of a job for now, Luke Walton appears to have plenty of options if he wants to get right back on the sidelines. Before that, he served as an assistant on former UA player Steve Kerr's staff at Golden State.

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