Tyronn Lue is 'strong frontrunner' for Lakers' coaching job

Tyronn Lue is 'strong frontrunner' for Lakers' coaching job

Tyronn Lue is 'strong frontrunner' for Lakers' coaching job

Meanwhile, for now it appears that Walton will remain as the coach while Rob Pelinka is nominally in charge of the basketball operations. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles.

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers", Walton said in the statement.

Sports talk personality Skip Bayless said earlier he hoped Lakers owner Jeanie Buss would keep Walton to spite its star player and Magic Johnson. Pelinka, who was hired along with Johnson, announced the move in a possible sign of the increased organizational power of Kobe Bryant's former agent. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

Steve Kerr feels for Luke Walton and Kerr shares what Los Angeles is losing by parting ways with Walton.

Much of Wednesday I was on the phone with people who know the Lakers well, and they all agreed Johnson was an abysmal hire.

"I'm disappointed for Luke".

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Walton was teammates with the Kings GM when he played for the Lakers.

For one thing, James suffered the most serious injury of his career halfway through the season - causing him to play in a career-low 55 games.

"He's been great for us", Fox said during the All-Star Break.

Can Walton get the Kings, who have a young core of De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III and Buddy Hield, to the postseason, where they haven't been in 13 seasons?

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

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is considered a "strong frontrunner" for the Lakers' open job.

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