Lakers, Walton mutually agree to part ways

Lakers, Walton mutually agree to part ways

Lakers, Walton mutually agree to part ways

The Lakers medical staff was under scrutiny as a litany of injuries to key players plagued the team this season.

And Los Angeles finally parted way with ex-forward Walton after three seasons, with general manager Rob Pelinka thanking the 38-year-old for his "dedicated service" during his tenure as head coach.

The Lakers on Friday finally divorced their head coach, as had largely been expected following a messy, playoff-less season in Hollywood.

LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers past year to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. "This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family".

The job is reportedly Walton's if he wants it. He took over after the worst season in franchise history, a season with only 17 wins. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings. Golden State began with a record 24-0 start and Walton was 39-4 overall before Kerr returned to the bench following complications from a pair of back surgeries.

Through it all, the Lakers were 20-14 after beating the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas Day, the game in which James was initially injured. The Lakers won 26 games in Walton's first season and 35 in his second.

The former Lakers player's position had been the subject of speculation throughout the season which intensified after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season. The team called it a mutual agreement. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so. The Lakers' season fell apart during the longest injury absence of James' career, and they ended the season with almost every important player in their young core sidelined by injuries. "Great opportunity though, really nice young team".

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