The Lakers' LeBron James 'experiment' went so very wrong

The Lakers' LeBron James 'experiment' went so very wrong

The former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers reached out to Walton to assure him the Lakers hadn't reached out about a potential opening, a source close to the situation told The Athletic's Bill Oram.

While the Luke Walton era grinds to a halt, the rumor mill is already working overtime to churn out names to fill the Lakers upcoming coaching vacancy.

Kidd said the Lakers were one of the best franchises in the "world" but added Walton has done an "incredible job".

Great. Good for the Lakers that they're fans of Rick Carlisle, someone who is widely seen as a top two or three head coach in the league.

The Lakers have officially logged their sixth season in a row of missing the playoffs. And it just tells me I'm doing the right thing. "Unless someone from within our group is telling me that, I just view it like all the other things we've gone through as a team this year", said Walton.

According to, the Hornets have the 10th toughest remaining schedule, which is third among these five teams behind the Brooklyn Nets (toughest remaining schedule) and the Miami Heat (8th toughest).

LeBron James missed 17 games after getting hurt on Christmas Day, Lonzo Ball hasn't played since January 19, Kyle Kuzma missed a chunk of games and Brandon Ingram who started heating up when James returned hasn't played since the beginning of March. Think about it, the Lakers were a legitimate playoff team until pretty much everyone got hurt.

That's the surprising take from National Basketball Association analyst Nick Wright, who has strong advised the Lakers against replacing Luke Walton with Kidd. And so he wants to win now.

By the time James returned against the Clippers at the beginning of February, the purple and gold were 26-25 and were further hamstrung by injuries to Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram. But I think it takes time. Like Carlisle, Rivers too is under contract beyond this season.

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