Lakers, head coach Luke Walton part ways

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Los Angeles Lakers and head coach Luke Walton has parted ways. Walton was the team’s head coach the past three seasons. 

He guided the Lakers to a 37-45 record during the 2018-19 season. Despite signing LeBron James in the off-season, the team finished third in the Pacific Division for the second straight year.

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton talking to the media
Luke Walton talking to the media (Photo by the Los Angeles Lakers)

“We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years,” said Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. “We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward.”

In his three seasons with the team, he went 98-148. During the 2018-19 season was his best record with the team. 

The team missed the playoffs all three seasons. 

“I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers,” said Walton. “This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family.”

Magic Johnson reportedly criticized Walton and his coaching staff before his suddenly resigned as the Lakers President of Basketball Operations. Johnson felt like Walton and his staff were not capable in coaching this Lakers team. 

Now that Walton is free to move on, there is already speculation that the Sacramento Kings will target Walton to be their new head coach. The Kings fired their head coach Dave Joerger on Thursday. 

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