Fellow LA Times reporter Tania Ganguli reported that Pelinka is the man leading the search for the Lakers' next coach, with Magic Johnson recently having stepped down as president of basketball operations at Staples Center.
"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years".
Walton's job security was under the microscope as soon as LeBron James was signed by Los Angeles in July, and the lack of continuity between the front office and the coaching staff was apparent even before injuries and suboptimal transactions left the Lakers out of the postseason conversation by the end of March. "This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family".
Walton and the Lakers parted ways Friday after a turbulent season that saw the purple and gold miss the playoffs for the sixth straight year.
Lue, who won two championships with the Lakers as a player, coached James to a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. Jeannie Buss and Rob Pelinka are going to make sure that the new coach runs the team how they want, which will likely be whatever LeBron James wants. Walton is back in the league and is doing with a very talented team rich in high lottery talent piled up over the past few years. The young roster improved by leaps and bounds and played perhaps the most entertaining brand of basketball in the NBA under his leadership.
While Johnson preached patience in the preseason knowing that it would take time for the new roster to mesh, Johnson admonished Walton in a meeting just six games into the season. However, it has since been reported Walton was essentially fired and hoped to remain with the team. Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown. Luckily for Kerr, the state of the Warriors is the polar opposite of that of the Lakers.
There's never a tiresome moment in Laker Land.
The Lakers battled health problems for much of the season, with only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing in all 82 games. The Lakers announced on March 30 that he was done for the season.
"I think that's unfair".
"He's been great for us", Fox said during the All-Star Break.
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