Af­ter three los­ing sea­sons, Wal­ton out as coach of Lak­ers

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY GREG BEACHAM


Luke Wal­ton is out as coach of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers af­ter three los­ing sea­sons.

Lak­ers gen­eral man­ager Rob Pelinka an­nounced Wal­ton’s de­par­ture Fri­day, three days af­ter the abrupt res­ig­na­tion of pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Magic John­son. Pelinka called Wal­ton leav­ing a mu­tual de­ci­sion.

The for­mer Lak­ers for­ward went 98148 af­ter get­ting his first per­ma­nent head coach­ing job with the 16-time NBA cham­pi­ons. The for­mer Golden State as­sis­tant never led the Lak­ers to the play­offs, not even af­ter the ar­rival of LeBron James last sum­mer.

Wal­ton leaves three days af­ter the Lak­ers’ final game of their 37-45 sea­son was up­staged by the shock­ing pregame res­ig­na­tion of John­son, who in­her­ited Wal­ton when he took over the Lak­ers’ front of­fice in Fe­bru­ary 2017. John­son at­trib­uted his de­ci­sion in part to his de­sire and re­luc­tance to fire Wal­ton, who is close to Lak­ers owner Jeanie Buss.

Luke Wal­ton

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