Lakers Part Ways With Coach Luke Walton

EL SEGUNDO — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three seasons. The Lakers and Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways, it was announced Friday by Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka.

“We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years,” said Pelinka. “We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward.”

Luke Walton, son of NBA hall of famer Bill Walton, went 98-148 in three seasons with the team as head coach and didn’t make the playoffs once. He had played for the Lakers for eight seasons from 2003-12.

“I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers,” said Walton. “This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family.”

Walton was also an assistant coach from 2014-16 with the Golden State Warriors and won a title with the team in 2015.