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Despite rampant speculation about the status of Lakers coach Luke Walton, the team is not considering a coaching change, according to Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times.
There have been zero internal discussions about the status of Walton, according to Turner, with the coach still having the full support of the team’s front office, including president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka and most especially, owner Jeanie Buss.
“Nothing is going to happen with Luke,” a source told Turner. “There hasn’t even been any talk about it and there won’t be any talks about it. Luke will definitely finish the season and he has the full support.
“So any talk in the media or on social media can be put to bed about Luke. He’s not going anywhere. There has been no conversation about it.”
The Lakers dipped to 28-29 with a loss at Atlanta on Tuesday night, putting them in 10th place in the Western Conference standings entering play Wednesday night, 2.5 behind eighth-place Sacramento and the ninth-place Los Angeles Clippers.
While Turner’s report indicates Walton will not be replaced during this season, the Lakers remain adamant about wanting him to hold players “accountable,” along with making better in-game adjustments.
Another source told Turner that Johnson was at the game in Atlanta on Tuesday night and was not pleased that the team played with “low energy.” Turner also writes the front office is concerned about the Lakers’ “bad body language” and a possible “disconnect” between Walton and the players.