Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways


While Walton and Johnson - who surprisingly quit in impromptu fashion Tuesday night - are out, GM Rob Pelinka is expected to stay on board. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

The Lakers announced Friday that Walton, who posted a 98-148 record in three seasons in charge, has "mutually agreed" with the team to move on. The current Lakers were the franchise's most successful team since their playoff drought began in 2013, but it wasn't enough to save Walton's job.

Walton said he was grateful to team owner Jeanie Buss for the chance to coach the team, where he won two championships as a player.

The Lakers finished 10th in the Western Conference, failing to reach the play-offs for the sixth straight year.

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Walton played 10 seasons as an National Basketball Association forward, winning two titles with Los Angeles. The Lakers' front office will have a much different look next season.

"He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don't develop their entire life, or their entire career", Rondo said Wednesday.

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