Who should replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach?

Who should replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach?

Who should replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach?

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers", said former head coach Luke Walton.

The Lakers finished 37-45 this season, far short of the expectations after the team signed LeBron James in the offseason. Well, the current "strong frontrunner" is pretty familiar to James.

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

The Lakers are expected to be patient with their approach in moving forward to find a potential new voice, sources familiar with their thinking say.

In an official release, the team said that Walton and the Lakers "mutually agreed" his departure.

Johnson attributed his decision in part to his desire to fire Walton, who is close to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

When the Lakers learned about the situation after general manager Rob Pelinka received a call from Ball, the organization informed the point guard that it wouldn't allow the procedure and could void his contract if he went through with the surgery, according to Charania.

James and the Lakers' players have been uniformly supportive of Walton, who managed to keep together a disparate locker room playing under the Los Angeles microscope.

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"They came into work every day, no matter what criticism they were under, no matter what scrutiny they were under, they came in, watched hours of film, whether it was on us or other teams, next opponents", Josh Hart said Wednesday of Walton and his staff. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

The Kings fired head coach Dave Joerger on Thursday.

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