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The whirlwind week of change continued for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday as the organization parted ways with head coach Luke Walton.

Luke Walton outlasted Magic Johnson - by three days.

"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.

Walton, who had his well-publicized run-ins with Johnson, lasted three seasons in Lakers-land, extending the now-futile franchise's streak without postseason ball to six years.

Walton finished his third season as head coach of the Lakers with a disappointing 37-45 record following James' arrival, which brought high expectations for the team.

The two favorites now are former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams.

The team was 26-56 in Walton's first season in 2016-17 before improving to 35-47 in 2017-18. The young roster improved by leaps and bounds and played perhaps the most entertaining brand of basketball in the NBA under his leadership.

He was hired by Sixers coach Brett Brown before this season. Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown.

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors are favorites to win it all again.

There's never a boring moment in Laker Land.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly.

This wasn't the first time Foster's influence raised injury concerns around Ball for the Lakers.

"It affected us a lot", guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. His weird rotations and who he would play in crunch time was criticized and the fact that he was the head coach that LeBron was joining should have been a red flag.

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