Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

15 April, 2019, 05:13 | Author: Amy Huff
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The Athletic said the Kings were "zeroing in" on Walton as the preferred successor to coach Dave Joerger, who was sacked on Thursday after 3 years at the helm. Working with Ball's then-agent Harrison Gaines, the Lakers' brass managed to convince the second-year player to nix the procedure.

Walton's contract with the Kings reportedly aligns with Divac's contract, which goes through the 2022-23 season. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward". He was sacked Thursday, one day after the Kings' season ended at 39-43, the team's best record since its last playoff appearance in 2005-06.

Luke Walton's unemployment did not even last a full day.

"I said today on Undisputed that it felt like Jeanie Buss would dig in and keep Luke Walton, to spite Magic and LeBron".

The Lakers won 37 games this season and missed the playoffs for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.

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The former Lakers forward went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time National Basketball Association champions.

In Williams' Pelicans tenure, he had a 173-221 record and made the playoffs twice, in his first and last seasons there.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly.

The search for Walton's replacement is already underway, with ESPN reporting former Cavaliers coach and LeBron confidant Ty Lue is a "strong frontfunner." Johnson and many fans had problems with everything from Walton's playing time decisions and curious rotations to his reported reluctance to add new assistants with fresh perspectives to his bench.

Since Rick Adelman left Sacramento in 2006 after eight seasons, the Kings have had nine head coaches.

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