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

Now, the Lakers and James will look for another coach, and two early candidates have emerged - former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams. Kerr was named the NBA's Coach of the Year that season, despite being present for fewer games than Walton.

Steve Kerr didn't approve of the Lakers' firing of Luke Walton.

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. Walton joins Dave Joerger, J.B. Bickerstaff, and Larry Drew as coaches without jobs, for now.

Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers during the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 24, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings' general manager is former Lakers center Vlade Divac. With a 35-47 record this season, Walton finished with a cumulative 98-148 coaching wins-losses record, while boasting a winning percentage of just 39.8%. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward". Ball then reportedly returned to Los Angeles via arrangements made by the team without having surgery.

Through it all, the Lakers were 20-14 after beating the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas Day, the game in which James was initially injured. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

With LeBron already in place for three more seasons, and desperately needing to get back to the playoffs, it's not surprising that the Lakers would look towards known commodities in their coaching search. His weird rotations and who he would play in crunch time was criticized and the fact that he was the head coach that LeBron was joining should have been a red flag.

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