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The Los Angeles Lakers may be contemplating a coaching change, with current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson in their sights, according to Chris Sheridan of GetMoreSports.
“I keep getting intel on the Lakers and the job security of Luke Walton,” Sheridan reported. “Some stories you can single source, some you can double-source, and some you need to triple- or quadruple source. This is the latter.”
Sheridan is a longtime NBA insider and former ESPN employee himself. He was the first to accurately call LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, then James’ departure last July, citing sources each time.
According to Sheridan, Jackson is indeed a possibility should the Lakers eventually decide on a change. “He broadcasts in purple and gold from time to time,” Sheridan wrote.
Jackson, 53, coached the Golden State Warriors for three seasons earlier this decade. He led them to a 51-31 mark in 2013-14, his final season as an NBA coach. He was replaced by Steve Kerr and the Warriors have won three of four championships since.
Meanwhile, Walton was hired by the Lakers’ previous regime and is believed to be on the hot seat under current front-office heads Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.
The Lakers are 20-15 in their first season with LeBron James and manhandled the Warriors on Christmas Day. Still, per Sheridan, Walton may not be the main man on the bench for long.
“An NBA executive told me this morning that many around the league see it as a matter of when, not if,” Sheridan reported. “Luke Walton’s patron saint on this is (Lakers owner) Jeanie Buss.”