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

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

The Sacramento Kings have offered Luke Walton their coaching job, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers", said former head coach Luke Walton. However, it has since been reported Walton was essentially fired and hoped to remain with the team.

The Athletic said the Kings were "zeroing in" on Walton as the preferred successor to coach Dave Joerger, who was sacked on Thursday after three years at the helm. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.

Don't forget, Lue spent his first three seasons as a player with the Lakers winning a couple of rings in the process in 2000 and 2001.

"I feel for Luke".

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Kerr strongly endorsed Walton on Friday after the Lakers announced he would not return next season.

Walton and Divac could not be reached for comment, but others in the National Basketball Association were quick to react, including Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

The former Lakers player's position had been the subject of speculation throughout the season which intensified after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season. The connection here is obvious, as Lue led the Cavaliers for multiple seasons when LeBron James was there in his second stint in Cleveland, including their title-winning season in 2016.

Walton worked as an assistant with the Warriors from 2014-16. He made tremendous progress with a young roster in his first two seasons before development took a backseat following the arrival of LeBron James last summer.

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