Walton has not been great in Los Angeles, coming in at a time when the team was still on its way up.
They made a decision to bring in players they thought were hard-nosed defenders, but they also happened to be non-shooters: Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley.
"I really can not recommend the Lakers strongly enough to go a different way". While James has seemingly disapproved of the vast majority of head coaches he's played for in his National Basketball Association career, Lue always seemed equipped to deal with the superstar's demands and personality.
"What Luke's done in L.A. with all the injuries and everything that's gone on, I think he's done an incredible job", he told ESPN's The Jump this week.
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Six months later: The Lakers are now sitting at 33-41 and in 11th place in the NBA's Western Conference and the Lakers won't be making the NBA Playoffs this season. So, it's nice to be wanted.
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So. who would the Lakers want to replace him if and when?
It's led to a weird situation where everyone talks about the job as if it's open, essentially just ignoring the fact that Walton exists and is now coaching the team.
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"I just view it as outside noise", Walton told The Athletic.
By the time James returned against the Clippers at the beginning of February, the purple and gold were 26-25 and were further hamstrung by injuries to Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
Kidd compiled a 139-152 record in his 291 games coached with the Milwaukee Bucks. Think about it, the Lakers were a legitimate playoff team until pretty much everyone got hurt. At this point, it would be a surprise not to see James in the crowd when Wade gets his farewell.