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Lakers Search for New Head Coach Begins in The Midst of Magic and Walton Controversy

| Sports | April 25, 2019

by Diego Marquez

It’s no doubt that the Lakers have been a hot topic for the NBA in the past couple weeks, but not in the way that most would expect. The President of Basketball Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, stepped down from his position abruptly on Tuesday, Apr. 9 informing Lakers owner, Jeanie Buss, and the world through of his decision through Twitter.

Then the news broke on Monday about former head coach and now new head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Luke Walton, being accused of and sued for sexually assaulting a female sports reporter while he was part of the Golden State Warriors organization, according to TMZ.com. Even though Walton is not with the Lakers anymore, the recency of the split from the organization still intertwines the two. The Sacramento Kings have since released a statement saying they are aware of the situation.

All the while, the storied Los Angeles franchise is still searching for a replacement for Walton who complied a 98-148 record over the past three seasons. On Tuesday, the Lakers formally met with longtime NBA veteran and Hall of Famer, Jason Kidd, who most recently held a head coaching position for the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was fired in Jan. 2018 after going 139-152 in his four years with the team.

Kidd is said to be the third head coaching candidate interviewed for the the Lakers position after speaking with Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, who was LeBron James’ most recent coach. Los Angeles has also reportedly met with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, who was once at the helm for the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The Lakers last made the playoffs in 2013 and were bounced in the First Round of the Western Conference playoffs. And before the recent six years playoff drought had only missed the missed the playoffs four other times since moving to Los Angeles in 1961.

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