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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ failure to publicly again head coach Luke Walton within the wake of the most recent LaVar Ball fiasco has tongues wagging inside and out of doors the NBA. And a few within the league’s hierarchy imagine it is proof the Lakers will finally dismiss Walton and substitute him with David Fizdale.
“I acquired executives in my ear, I acquired brokers in my ear, saying, ‘Oh yeah, they’re in all probability going to rent David Fizdale'”, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst informed The Wealthy Eisen Present Friday.
After Ball mentioned final weekend that the Lakers – together with his son Lonzo – had checked out on Walton, the group didn’t shoot the story down. Whereas rookie Kyle Kuzma got here to Walton’s protection, nothing was heard from the workforce’s mind belief of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. Lonzo himself provided a tepid “I am going to play for anyone.”
Fizdale casts an fascinating determine as a free-agent bench boss. Fired by the Memphis Grizzlies in November, the 43-year-old L.A. native has a fame as a participant’s coach with buddies all through the league. The truth is, LeBron James – an anticipated free company goal of the Lakers – is shut with Fizdale from his time as a Miami Warmth assistant.
The final public endorsement of Walton from the Lakers got here from president Jeanie Buss, who tweeted “In Luke we belief” on New 12 months’s Eve, earlier than the latest controversy.