Luke Walton, Lakers Mutually Part Ways

Luke Walton, Lakers Mutually Part Ways

General manager Rob Pelinka and Walton both released statements through the team upon the decision being announced.

Walton, who went 98-148 in his three seasons as head coach, thanked the franchise and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who was a staunch supporter of Walton's.

Walton spent two seasons at the helm of a team that struggled to find the right pieces to complement 15-time All-Star LeBron James in his first season in Los Angeles.

Shortly after the news broke, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the move and gave his thoughts on Walton, his former assistant coach and good friend.

Lue stepped down as Cavaliers head coach in March of a year ago to deal with health issues, and was ultimately fired after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers on April 05, 2019 in Los Angeles. "They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for, but, again, he was dependent on circumstances just like all of us are, and I feel for Luke".

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Walton "one of the best human beings in the National Basketball Association".

The Lakers had cursory discussions with Walton's representatives on Wednesday in which they discussed whether there was a way forward, multiple sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Walton couldn't win with LeBron James but the rumors are they know just the man to get this team back to the playoffs.

The Lakers battled health problems for much of the season, with only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing in all 82 games.

"He's been great for us", Fox said during the All-Star Break.

The 47-year-old Williams appears to be a hot commodity this year in coaching searches, as he was also a rumored target for the new Kings coach opening.

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