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Walton, who went 98-148 in his three seasons as head coach, thanked the franchise and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who was a staunch supporter of Walton's.

The Lakers wished their former coach well when announcing his departure.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service", said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

Walton, who had his well-publicized run-ins with Johnson, lasted three seasons in Lakers-land, extending the now-futile franchise's streak without postseason ball to six years. Everything has to be in good order.

Don't forget, Lue spent his first three seasons as a player with the Lakers winning a couple of rings in the process in 2000 and 2001.

"I'm disappointed for Luke", Kerr said via Anthony Slater.

Magic Johnson cites Westbrook as he shockingly resigns from the Lakers
He's not only a great basketball player but a great person. "It shocked me, like it did the rest of the world", Ball said. Smith spoke against the story yesterday, "Let me tell you what's going on here". "This is a good day".

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Lakers are losing "one of the best human beings in the league".

Was moving on from Dave Joerger, their longest-tenured coach since Rick Adelman, the right decision for the Sacramento Kings?

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

Though he was only able to suit up for barely more than half the season, when he played, he was extremely effective - producing his typical 27 points per game, 8 rebounds per game and 8 assists per game at age 34. Williams has a connection to Anthony Davis as the former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, which makes him compelling. He's since been an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder, took an executive position with the San Antonio Spurs, and is now back on the bench with the Sixers.

The Cavs named Lue head coach in the middle of the 2016 Championship season after the firing of Blatt.

He was hired by Sixers coach Brett Brown before this season.


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