Magic bounces and now the Lakers part ways with Walton.
The basketball world was on fire this week.
Chris Mullin steps down as head coach of the St. Johns Red Storm, Dirk and D. Wade retire, Magic steps down as President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers, the Nets made the playoffs and now Luke Walton and the Lakers have parted ways.
Wait, the Nets made the Playoffs? Brooklyn stand up!
But we digress.
Shifting back to LA, the Lakers announced they have “mutually agreed” to part ways with their head coach, Luke Walton.
“We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years,” said Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward.”
“I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers,” said Walton. “This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family.”
Rumors have already started flying about Walton’s replacement, with Monty Williams and former Laker, Ty Lue, being been mentioned as the possible candidates for the job.
The Monty Williams candidacy is a serious one with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN. He has history with LeBron James as a Team USA assistant and a successful run w/ Pelicans as a head coach. Ty Lue checks the boxes too: ex-Laker, championship coach, LeBron James-approved.
Ty Lue is a strong frontrunner for the Lakers coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.
More to come on this develop situation. But in the meantime, let the AI “step over” memes commence.