Lakers Part Ways with Luke Walton as the Fallout Continues

During the past offseason, there was so much buzz about the Los Angeles Lakers. They had managed to get LeBron James and everyone knew the West would be even more stacked than it already was. The season started out pretty well, too. The Lakers were at fourth seed with a 20-14 record when LeBron was injured on Christmas, taking him off the court for three weeks. The team struggled in his absence, losing 11 of the 17 games LeBron missed. Then to add it all, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram suffered season ending injuries.


These injuries and losses alone would be enough to call it a bad season, but then there was the trade deadline ordeal. New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis requested a trade. The Lakers started making outrageous offers to the Pelicans for Davis. Their initial offer was Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round draft pick. Nothing instills confidence in your team like trying to get rid of them all. LeBron was very vocal about wanting Davis to come to LA. You can only imagine the strain that put on the relationships on the team. The Pelicans eventually stopped taking the Lakers calls. LeBron then announced that the team was “activating playoff mode” only to go 8-16 the rest of the season.

The regular season ended last Wednesday and since then, Magic Johnson stepped down as President of Basketball Operations. and now today, Head Coach Luke Walton has also left the Lakers. It will be interesting to see what the Lakers do this offseason as it is clear they have a lot to take care of. Will they trade the players they initially tried to get rid of for Anthony Davis? Will Lebron reunite with Ty Lue? Hopefully, next season will be less drama and more basketball for the Lakers

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