Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has seen his name in headlines quite often since the beginning of the 2018-2019 NBA season.
Walton, who is in the third year of a five-year deal, seems to be on the hot seat despite his team’s success early in the season.
The Lakers are currently fourth in the Western Conference and are only 2.5 games out of first from the Denver Nuggets. Still, his job security has repeatedly been called into question.
Even though Walton has Los Angeles playing well, it seems as though president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka aree still seeking to replace him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN as transcribed by RealGM:
“We know since Magic’s taken over, they have been hoping to get their own coach in at some point,” said Adrian Wojnarowski. “We saw it play in the meeting they had when Magic really went after Luke.”
Johnson reportedly went at Walton in their meeting earlier in the season citing the lack of a system. Since then, however, Walton and company have righted the ship and ripped off a couple impressive winning streaks.
It would be difficult not to mention the disaster if Johnson decided to try and oust Walton in the midst of their best season in several years. Controlling owner and president Jeanie Buss has repeatedly backed Walton and will continue to do so long as the team continues to win games.
After a disappointing loss to the Washington Wizards, the Lakers will look to bounce back against the Brooklyn Nets. Hopefully, Walton will have his team ready to go and finish the four-game road trip .500 before returning home where Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo could play against the New Orleans Pelicans.