Lakers looking at Lue, Williams for head job

Lakers looking at Lue, Williams for head job

Lakers looking at Lue, Williams for head job

Meanwhile, for now it appears that Walton will remain as the coach while Rob Pelinka is nominally in charge of the basketball operations.

Walton had a record of 98-148 with the Lakers, who closed the 2018-19 season Tuesday night with a 104-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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

Only days after the departure of Magic Johnson, the Lakers will be without a head coach as well.

Walton said he was grateful to team owner Jeanie Buss for the chance to coach the team, where he won two championships as a player. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

The Lakers fired Luke Walton after three years, none of which ended with a postseason appearance.


In Williams' Pelicans tenure, he had a 173-221 record and made the playoffs twice, in his first and last seasons there. "I feel for Luke".

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

James and the Lakers' players have been uniformly supportive of Walton, who managed to keep his team playing hard and harmoniously under the Los Angeles microscope despite multiple major injuries and distractions.

"It affected us a lot", guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly. L.A. was just 17-31 the rest of the way as James missed 17 games and was in and out of the lineup until he was shut down for the season in late March.

"Joerger never seemed to connect with prized rookie Marvin Bagley III, leaving the second overall pick to wonder privately if Joerger even liked him." said Jones.

The 39-year-old Walton, who played at UA from 1999 to 2003, had coached the Lakers since 2016.

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