Los Angeles Lakers Part Ways With Walton

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League sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation, told The Sacramento Bee that Divac reached out to Walton in the first hour after his departure from the Lakers was announced.

The former Lakers forward went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time National Basketball Association champions. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles.

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers".

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years", Pelinka said.

Joerger's record with the Kings was unimpressive in the aggregate, going 98-148 in his three years with the team, but he led them to their best record this past season since 2005-06, going 39-43. "I feel for Luke". I said Walton wouldn't be unemployed long after leaving the Lakers, and it took less than 48 hours for him to get a new job. The former second overall pick suffered a season-ending ankle injury January 19 against the Houston Rockets and saw declines in several per game averages from his rookie year, including points, rebounds, and assists. His weird rotations and who he would play in crunch time was criticized and the fact that he was the head coach that LeBron was joining should have been a red flag.

"He's been great for us", Fox said during the All-Star Break. However, it has since been reported Walton was essentially fired and hoped to remain with the team.

Despite everything, the Lakers went 15-8 in their 23 games with James, Ingram and Ball all healthy. Walton's 246 games in charge were the most by any coach in the tumultuous near-decade since the franchise's last championship in 2010.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is rumored to be the front-runner for the open vacancy for the same role with the Lakers.