Lakers part ways with former Wildcat player Luke Walton as coach

Jeanie Buss Lakers

The length of Walton's deal will reportedly be line with that of Kings general manager Vlade Divac, which runs through the 2022-23 season.

Shortly after the news broke, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the move and gave his thoughts on Walton, his former assistant coach and good friend.

"This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family", Walton said in a statement.

The disastrous end to the Lakers season, which included the resignation of president Magic Johnson, only continued on Friday.

Johnson attributed his decision in part to his desire to fire Walton, who is close to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

"I'm disappointed for Luke".

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Walton played in the National Basketball Association from 2003 to 2013, winning two National Basketball Association titles as a Lakers player.

The Lakers battled health problems for much of the season, with only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing in all 82 games. However, it has since been reported Walton was essentially fired and hoped to remain with the team.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly. We have seen it play out too many times in James' career to think otherwise at this point.

Williams is in his first season with the Sixers after he previously spent five years as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans before he was sacked.

As a coach, however, it never seemed to be stable with Walton at the helm.

Lue, who played for the Lakers from 1998-2001, spent four years with James in Cleveland, first as a Cavaliers assistant before taking over as head coach and leading the team to the 2016 title.

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