Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

With Luke Walton Out, Here’s Frontrunner For Lakers Head Coaching Job

With Luke Walton Out, Here’s Frontrunner For Lakers Head Coaching Job

If Walton is hired by the Kings, he would inherit a young roster and at 39-43 a team coming off a surprisingly successful season.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers and coach Luke Walton have parted ways after three seasons on the job. The team called it a mutual agreement. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

For 211 games between the 2015-16 season and the start of this campaign, Lue was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading them to a title in 2016 while making NBA Finals appearances in 2017 and 2018.

Walton put together a 98-148 record during his three seasons with the Lakers. Lakers veterans reportedly got into a heated argument with the coach after Los Angeles's 115-101 loss to Golden State in early February. The current Lakers were the franchise's most successful team since their playoff drought began in 2013, but it wasn't enough to save Walton's job. This past year, the Lakers finished with a 37-45 mark and missed out on the postseason.

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Walton played 10 seasons as an National Basketball Association forward, winning two titles with Los Angeles.

And Walton might not be out of work for very long. 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 additional injuries. "They say opportunity is everything in the league and they gave me that right from the jump". "He was fun, he was a hell of a coach to play for and I just told him in the meeting I had a great time this year learning from him as well and the challenge that he gave to me this year".

The Kings fired head coach Dave Joerger on Thursday.

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