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Heisler: Lakers sticking with family, but Kobe Bryant won’t be riding to the rescue

Imagine that. Playoff thrills locally, after all. It was supposed to be over by now. The Lakers left us months ago except for their managerial meltdown. The Clippers were supposed to be finished off by Golden State before anyone noticed they were in the postseason. Instead, in yet another miracle, the Clippers staged the biggest playoff comeback in NBA history, coming from 31 down to win Game 2 in Oakland to make a series of it, after making a season of it when no one expected that. Or, as Coach...
Tags: Lakers, NBA, Sports, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los-angeles-lakers, Magic Johnson


Kings officially hire Luke Walton, just days after his Lakers tenure ended

Luke Walton quickly landed on his feet. Only three days after his time with the Los Angeles Lakers came to an end, Walton was announced Monday as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. In Sacramento, Walton replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired after three seasons.
Tags: News, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers, Walton, Luke Walton, Dave Joerger, Sacramento Walton


Warriors Bob Myers reportedly shuts door on possible Lakers union

If the Los Angeles Lakers expect to fill Magic Johnson's vacant role as president of basketball operations, they'll have to look past the Golden State Warriors Bob Myers. Speaking to NBC Sports, the general manager, laughed at the idea of jumping ship from the Warriors to the Lakers. When asked by a reporter if he should be at lunch with Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, Myers responded, “Oh, right.
Tags: News, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Lakers, Nbc Sports, Bob Myers, Warriors to the Lakers, Jeanie Buss Myers


TV Best Bets: Clippers are last team standing on L.A.’s spring postseason calendar

BEST OF THE WEEK NBA PLAYOFFSMonday: Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., TNTThursday: Golden State at Clippers, 7:30 p.m., TNTSunday: Golden State at Clippers, 12:30 p.m., ABC It’s bad enough that the two local NHL teams didn’t make the playoffs, and while the Lakers have been the butt of NBA jokes for five seasons, LeBron James was supposed to make a difference in 2018-19. He did, just not in a good way. So all the fans have left for the spring postseason calendar are the Clippers, and they di...
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Report: Lakers to interview Monty Williams, Juwan Howard in coming week

Looking for their sixth head coach in nine seasons, the Lakers are reportedly setting up interviews this week. According to an ESPN report, the team is scheduled to meet with two high-profile assistants for the opening: Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard. They’ve received approval to speak with both from their respective teams. The Lakers are also interested in Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach who went to three consecutive Finals wit...
Tags: Sports, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Miami, Philadelphia, Michigan, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Johnson, Cleveland, Brooklyn Nets


Sources: Lakers to meet with 76ers' Williams

The Lakers will travel to interview 76ers assistant Monty Williams for their vacant head coaching job, sources told ESPN.
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Lakers' four best head-coaching candidates to replace Luke Walton

Only days after Magic Johnson stepped down from his post as president of basketball operations, the Lakers fired head coach Luke Walton. Who will replace him in Los Angeles?
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Luke Walton


Warriors' Bob Myers, Heat's Pat Riley say they're not leaving teams for Lakers

More and more, it appears the Lakers aren't going to bring in a savior from the outside to replace Magic Johnson and turn the Lakers' fortunes around. Current general manager Rob Pelinka showed coach Luke Walton the door then started the coaching search. It looks like the Lakers may give Pelinka the hammer on basketball decision making, he's taking charge of it already. The top candidates mentioned have shot the idea down or taken other jobs before even having a serious conversati...
Tags: News, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Luke Walton, Pat Riley, Rob Pelinka, Pelinka, Bob Myers Heat


Scenes from a troubled season: The warning signs that the Lakers would falter

LOS ANGELES – The season’s first punch connected with Chris Paul’s face. The last one was a shot to the gut of the Lakers’ organization. The bookends of the 2018-19 Lakers campaign produced chaos of different kinds, but chaos nonetheless. The Oct. 20 brawl in the home opener at Staples Center, which marred the long-anticipated debut of LeBron James with suspensions, feels like a lifetime ago given all that’s transpired since. The surprise resignation of Magic Johnson is a still-raw wound that ha...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lakers, Los-angeles-lakers


Pat Riley wants to finish career in Miami, has no interest in returning to Lakers

While many think Pat Riley is the perfect replacement for Magic Johnson in Los Angeles, the former Lakers coach has no interest in moving back to the West Coast. Miami Heat president Pat Riley has a long history with the Los Angeles Lakers. Riley served as an assistant coach for three seasons in Los Angeles before being promoted to the head job — which he held from 1981-90, leading the team to four NBA championships.
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Nba, Miami, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Riley, Pat Riley, West Coast Miami


Lakers reportedly reach out to Tyronn Lue, get permission to talk to Monty Williams for coaching job

In a sign that the Lakers may just expand the powers of general manager Rob Pelinka and not bring in someone to replace Magic Johnson atop the basketball operations food chain, the team is moving full speed ahead with its coaching search one day after Luke Walton was out the door. Two reports say the Lakers are starting the process with the two names that quickly surfaced after — actually, before — Walton was gone: Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams. Lue is currently not working and Chris Haynes of Y...
Tags: News, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Yahoo Sports, Walton, Luke Walton, Chris Haynes, Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams, Rob Pelinka, Monty Williams Lue


Luke Walton reportedly agrees to Sacramento Kings head coaching job

One day after mutually parting ways with the Lakers after three seasons as their head coach, Luke Walton has reportedly agreed to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. ESPN was first to report the agreement, with an announcement expected possibly this weekend. Walton went 98-148 in his three seasons as the helm of the Lakers, finishing this season with a 37-45 record as the excitement of the arrival of superstar LeBron James was dampered by several key injuries. He replaces Dave Joerger...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lakers, Luke Walton, Los-angeles-lakers


Kings reportedly hire former Lakers coach, Warriors assistant Luke Walton

Talks between Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac and Luke Walton to become the franchise's next head coach have reportedly progressed rapidly, with a deal expected to be finalized soon. Walton coached the Los Angeles Lakers for the past three seasons but "mutually parted ways" with the franchise on Friday after going 98-148 with no playoff appearances. The Kings fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after posting an identical 98-148 record over the past three seasons in Sacramento.
Tags: News, Sacramento Kings, Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers, Walton, Vlade Divac, Luke Walton, Dave Joerger


Lakers' Kyle Kuzma discusses LeBron, favorite music in Twitter Q&A

While several teams across the NBA prepare for another memorable postseason, Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma will be watching the action unfold at home. The Lakers have a contentious offseason ahead of them as they look to replace president Magic Johnson and former head coach Luke Walton. In an effort to connect more with his fans, Kuz hosted an impromptu Twitter Q&A Friday night, answering questions ranging from his career aspirations to providing draft advice for incoming rookies.
Tags: News, Nba, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Luke Walton, Kyle Kuzma, Kuz


Luke Walton out as Lakers coach

Just a handful of days after Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down as the head of Lakers' basketball operations — in part because he was not comfortable firing the coach — the Lakers and coach Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways, according to the team. With Magic gone, there was uncertainty around the organization and the perception that Walton would not be let go quickly. Walton could read the writing on the wall, he didn't have the full weight and backing of LeBron James — Le...
Tags: News, Magic, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Walton, Luke Walton, Rob Pelinka, Pelinka


Bob Myers laughs at idea of leaving Warriors for Lakers, and with good reason

OAKLAND -- With the three-day dismantling of the Lakers came the speculation and, in some part, concern, among Warriors fans that the team in Los Angeles might come hunting in the Bay Area in hopes of breaking off a piece of the dynasty. No name was being thrown about more than that of president and general manager Bob Myers. From the moment Magic Johnson stepped down from his position with the Lakers on Tuesday, there has been no shortage of text messages, phone calls and general conversation r...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Oakland, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Bay Area, The Lakers, Myers, Bob Myers, Warriors for Lakers


Luke Walton couldn't outcoach the Lakers' dysfunction

Walton seemed to be on the clock as soon as the Lakers signed LeBron James, and a season of unrealistic expectations and injuries reached fevered levels in the days before his firing.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Lebron James, Lakers, Walton, Luke Walton


Who will be the Lakers’ next head coach? Here are 5 potential candidates

Who will be the next head coach of the Lakers? It’s an all-too-familiar question for a franchise that has lacked stability since its last championship in 2010. The team is looking for its sixth coach since then, a list which includes Phil Jackson, Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni, Byron Scott and Luke Walton (with Bernie Bickerstaff serving as interim head coach in 2012). Now with Walton out, the Lakers are combing through names yet again. With General Manager Rob Pelinka running the search, absent a p...
Tags: Usa, Boston, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Philadelphia, Michigan, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Jackson, Johnson


Report: Lakers had to stop Lonzo Ball from having unauthorized ankle surgery

When it was not healing as fast as some expected, Alan Foster — the co-founder of Big Baller Brand that Ball is suing for more than $2 million in lost funds — set up an ankle surgery for Ball without the Lakers' knowledge, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. In what could have been a catastrophe, the Lakers needed to prevent point guard Lonzo Ball from undergoing a potential unauthorized surgery on his left ankle that was planned by estranged former business partner Alan Foster and with...
Tags: News, Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers, Alan Foster, Lonzo Ball, LaVar Ball, Big Baller Brand


Eight candidates to replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach

The next Los Angeles Lakers coach will be the team's sixth since Phil Jackson last coached the team in 2011. Here's a look at possible candidates.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Sources: Lakers coach search eyes Lue, Williams

Luke Walton is out as head coach of the Lakers, the team announced Friday. Ty Lue and Monty Williams are seen as the central candidates to replace him, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Espn, Lakers, The Lakers, Luke Walton, Monty Williams, Ty Lue, Lue Williams


Luke Walton never had a chance with the dysfunctional mess known as the Lakers

This day was coming the moment word got out that Magic Johnson delivered a tongue lashing to Luke Walton about his coaching methods weeks into the season: Walton would eventually be dismissed as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Everything that's happened since hasn't been as much confirmation as it has been shrubbery around the main course, from the confusing to the bizarre to the unfortunate circumstances that have plagued the NBA's most glamorous franchise in a season that ...
Tags: News, Nba, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Walton, Luke Walton


Lakers, coach Luke Walton part ways after 3 losing seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers mutually agreed to part ways with coach Luke Walton on Friday after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure, which occurred three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. The former Lakers forward went 98-148 after getting his […]
Tags: News, Sports, Los Angeles, Ap, Nba, Magic Johnson, Lakers, Walton, Luke Walton, The Los Angeles Lakers, Rob Pelinka


NBA insiders' top picks to coach LeBron and the Lakers

Who is the best fit for this team? That depends on the future of the roster, and the Lakers' priorities.
Tags: Sport, Nba, Lakers, LeBron


Steve Kerr on Luke Walton leaving the Lakers: ‘They lost one of the best human beings in the NBA’

Here’s what Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday about the Lakers and Luke Walton parting ways. (From Mercury News reporter Mark Medina): Steve Kerr offers lots of supportive words for Luke Walton and the circumstances he dealt with on the Lakers pic.twitter.com/gKus8zdLLd — Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) April 12, 2019 Related Articles Heisler: Magic Johnson quit when Lakers needed him most for what he did best Lonzo Ball talks Alan...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Magic Johnson, Golden State Warriors, Lakers, Steve Kerr, Brandon Ingram, Luke Walton, Mercury News, Mark Medina, Alan Foster, Lonzo Ball


Report: Lakers halted unauthorized Lonzo Ball surgery during Magic Johnson's final weeks

One of the final bits of drama during Magic Johnson's tenure as president of the Los Angeles Lakers involved the team nixing unauthorized surgery on Lonzo Ball's ankle arranged by Ball's former business partner Alan Foster, The Athletic reports. Ball, who sat most of the second half of the season with an ankle injury, was slated to have surgery without the Lakers' knowledge, the report states. Report: Ball traveled to Ohio to have procedure Ball reportedly traveled to Ohio in...
Tags: News, Ohio, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Ball, Lakers, Athletic, Alan Foster, Lonzo Ball, Big Baller Brand, Foster Ball


Lakers coach Luke Walton out after three seasons

LOS ANGELES — Luke Walton, the man the Lakers once hoped would guide them out of the franchise’s longest stretch of futility, is done as head coach. The team announced Walton and the team agreed to “mutually part ways” on Friday afternoon, closing a tumultuous week in which the franchise has been rocked by the surprise departure of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Johnson said while announcing his resignation Tuesday that he had gained the authority from team owner Jeanie Buss t...
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Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka says the team and coach Luke Walton have agreed to part ways.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka says the team and coach Luke Walton have agreed to part ways. .
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Heisler: Magic Johnson quit when Lakers needed him most for what he did best

For Magic Johnson’s last trick, as a Deadspin headline put it, he made the Lakers disappear. No, really. He quit Tuesday night. No Laker official has appeared in public since. Actually, Johnson made the front office disappear years ago, rarely appearing at the Laker facility or doing much of anything in the day-to-day operation. Not that things were better when he was engaged. He left on a grisly streak of errors and meltdowns that scuttled their season… announcing they weren’t seeking shooters ...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Gm, Davis, Nba, Magic, Rob, Espn, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Houston, Stephen A Smith, Johnson