San Diego native Luke Walton out as Lakers coach

Lakers, Luke Walton finalize divorce everyone saw coming

Walton is a former player who spent nine of his 10 National Basketball Association seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win back-to-back championships in 2009-10.

When the Lakers learned about the situation after general manager Rob Pelinka received a call from Ball, the organization informed the point guard that it wouldn't allow the procedure and could void his contract if he went through with the surgery, according to Charania. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

Walton coached the Lakers for three seasons, ending with a record of 98-148. "This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family".

The Lakers and Luke Walton have parted ways. Walton is the first choice of general manager Vlade Divac.

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.

While Johnson preached patience in the preseason knowing that it would take time for the new roster to mesh, Johnson admonished Walton in a meeting just six games into the season.

You can lose your job if you lose, as Luke Walton knows now. "They say opportunity is everything in the league and they gave me that right from the jump".

Walton had the Lakers at 20-14 on Christmas night after a blowout win at Golden State, and they appeared to be on the verge of coming together.

There's never a boring moment in Laker Land.

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

"He's been great for us", Fox said during the All-Star Break. That's not fun for me.

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