The Lakers continue to struggle, despite LeBron James activating his playoff mode early this year. They’re currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and are almost certainly going to miss out on the playoffs.
That has many in Los Angeles calling for head coach Luke Walton to be fired. That is rumored to include LeBron. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, that will almost certainly happen after the season.
The calls for Walton’s dismissal, as they were in January, remain nonsensical. A coaching change now, much like New Orleans’s decision to fire General Manager Dell Demps shortly after the trade deadline, would have no discernible effect on the Lakers’ short-term prospects beyond providing their frustrated fans with a “See? We did something” sacrifice.
The prevailing assumption in league coaching circles remains that Walton will almost certainly be dismissed after the season, followed by the Lakers resuming their trade quest for Davis. But denying Walton an opportunity to at finish out a season wrought with drama and distraction since James’s first dribble in purple and gold would be cruel and needless.
You better believe if LeBron wants you gone, you’re gone. Players and coaches, nobody is safe in Los Angeles these days.
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