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ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst appeared on The Rich Eisen Show on Friday and said he's been contacted by executives and agents who believe Luke Walton may not be long for the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton," Windhorst said (h/t Slam's Ryne Nelson). "And that is now crystal-clear."

Windhorst added: "And there are now guys out there wondering openly to me�"executives, coaches, agents�"who the Lakers are going to hire as their next coach."

Beyond that, Windhorst cited agents and executives who think the Lakers are "probably going to hire" former Miami Heat assistant and former Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale if Walton is let go.

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Accidentally posted twice.


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Brian Windhorst reporting that some NBA agents and GMs don't think so. And coach that will replace him has , of course!!! LBJ connection.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2753 ... hare=other


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Lakers_4_Lyfe_BayBay wrote:
Accidentally posted twice.

Lol, I posted same new thread!!! Guess Dave can combine them.


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kkennon1 wrote:
Lol, I posted same new thread!!! Guess Dave can combine them.

I got you, merged them.


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Lakers will either say no truth to rumors or say nothing. Which would mean they're LBJ's b!tches already!!! Lmao !!!


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Bet I know which players!!! Lol


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In this case I fully support Luke. I will not allow any diva to come in again and call the shots here. This is not Cleveland. We have had enough of that bs in the past. The guys who don’t support the coach should get traded. Period.

I mean it would be nice if LBJ came for let’s say a 2 yr period to create some excitement and get us into the playoffs after all these years of misery, but not at the cost of destroying the culture out here. Our other guys are gonna be around for a longer period of time than LBJ. Whether you like or hate Luke, he had the backs of the those when they sucked and this is not the way you pay him back. The guys are making strides considering the unbalanced roster which is not Luke’s fault to begin with. He has made the most of what he was given to work with.


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Sounds like a good package deal to me, lol. Luke has done a decent job but yeah if Lebron wants to pick his coach in order to be with the Lakers, then yeah that will have to be the way.


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So basically the FO will offer LBJ anything they can to get him to come to the franchise.

Ironic, with most people around here calling LBJ out for being the Cavs GM.

Don't particularly believe the rumors but believe the fo would certainly try it.


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So basically the FO will offer LBJ anything they can to get him to come to the franchise.

Ironic, with most people around here calling LBJ out for being the Cavs GM.

Don't particularly believe the rumors but believe the fo would certainly try it.

I tell ya, if that happens I will totally lose respect for this FO. They would reach a new low, something which even the previous regime failed to accomplish. The last regime was horrible but they didn’t allow players to dictate terms with regards to coach selection. They chose whoever they had to and took the bullet for it.


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In this case I fully support Luke. I will not allow any diva to come in again and call the shots here. This is not Cleveland. We have had enough of that bs in the past. The guys who don’t support the coach should get traded. Period.

I mean it would be nice if LBJ came for let’s say a 2 yr period to create some excitement and get us into the playoffs after all these years of misery, but not at the cost of destroying the culture out here. Our other guys are gonna be around for a longer period of time than LBJ. Whether you like or hate Luke, he had the backs of the those who sucked and this is not the way to pay him back. The guys are making strides considering the unbalanced roster which is not Luke’s fault to being with. He has made the most of what he was given to work with.

It's like the franchise is stuck in ground hog day.

Did Jim leave his rebuilding blueprint on the desk for Magic to read and redeploy?


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In this case I fully support Luke. I will not allow any diva to come in again and call the shots here. This is not Cleveland. We have had enough of that bs in the past. The guys who don’t support the coach should get traded. Period.

I mean it would be nice if LBJ came for let’s say a 2 yr period to create some excitement and get us into the playoffs after all these years of misery, but not at the cost of destroying the culture out here. Our other guys are gonna be around for a longer period of time than LBJ. Whether you like or hate Luke, he had the backs of the those who sucked and this is not the way to pay him back. The guys are making strides considering the unbalanced roster which is not Luke’s fault to being with. He has made the most of what he was given to work with.

Agree Magic !!!

Now if you tell me this hire is about FO thinking he's a better coach, than fine. But if this is just about LBJ, than this FO is no better than last, and hasn't learned anything from past mistakes. I also get it's LBJ, he's going to have some input, but this is also supposed to be the " LAKERS ". Not LA azz kissers!!


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Tempy wrote:
It's like the franchise is stuck in ground hog day.

Did Jim leave his rebuilding blueprint on the desk for Magic to read and redeploy?

I mean so many rumors after Magic assumed the FO role. Smh. He can’t keep stuff to himself. Like an overgrown child. They have already been flagged once for opening their big mouths and trying to tamper with PG. People talk about Lavar, our front office is the new Kardashian show. Lol.


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Tempy wrote:
So basically the FO will offer LBJ anything they can to get him to come to the franchise.

Ironic, with most people around here calling LBJ out for being the Cavs GM.

Don't particularly believe the rumors but believe the fo would certainly try it.

I know when he got fired from Memphis a lot of players spoke out, including PG13. So I wouldn't put it past FO either.


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Agree Magic !!!

Now if you tell me this hire is about FO thinking he's a better coach, than fine. But if this is just about LBJ, than this FO is no better than last, and hasn't learned anything from past mistakes. I also get it's LBJ, he's going to have some input, but this is also supposed to be the " LAKERS ". Not LA azz kissers!!

Exactly, if they feel the next one would be better from a skill/tactical standpoint then they have a case. But bowing down to someone? Fwiw the Cavs are a mess right now. Lol.


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Exactly , if they feel the next one would be better from a skill/tactical standpoint then they have a case. But bowing down to someone? Fwiw the Cavs are a mess right now. Lol.

Plus we're on a 3 games winning streak, and this cap comes out ,giving those players Luke has supposedly lost more power to b!tch .

Hell, just let Luke go now if true, you've already made him a lame duck coach..smh


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Plus we're on a 3 games winning streak, and this cap comes out ,giving those players Luke has supposedly lost more power to b!tch .

And they are not going to be around for long anyways. I know the new guys are not ones who have issues with him.


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People put too much into these reports. Has anyone considered the reason why Magic and Pelinka haven't said anything is because they don't want to keep the LaVar chatter going? The more you talk about it, the bigger story it becomes. And for people like Windhorst to be reporting stuff like this without vetting it I find to be unprofessional. If journalists got their pay docked every time they came out with a ********* story, I'm betting you would see less of this stuff.


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IhatetheCeltics wrote:
People put too much into these reports. Has anyone considered the reason why Magic and Pelinka haven't said anything is because they don't want to keep the LaVar chatter going? The more you talk about it, the bigger story it becomes. And for people like Windhorst to be reporting stuff like this without vetting it I find to be unprofessional. If journalists got their pay docked every time they came out with a ********* story, I'm betting you would see less of this stuff.

I get not saying anything about Lavar, he's basically a clown show now. But I would hope they would come out and support Luke , when outside sources are talking about his replacement. They had no problem talking about star FA's and what players are up for trade , before they should have. Imo


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Funniest thing about this whole thing is timing, beat Rockets, news about Randle and other players come out about being trade possibilities. 3 game win streak, news about Luke being replaced. The Lakers haters are starting to circle. Lol


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I get not saying anything about Lavar, he's basically a clown show now. But I would hope they would come out and support Luke , when outside sources are talking about his replacement. They had no problem talking about star FA's and what players are up for trade , before they should have. Imo

Walton said they talk all the time, that Magic and Pelinka have told him they totally support him and he feels his job is very secure. The support for Walton goes all the way to ownership. If they are telling that to his face in private, why do they need to come out and say anything? Anything they say feeds into the LaVar story. The Windhorst piece is connected and stems from the LaVar story. Windhorst's logic is elementary. So if a front office doesn't come out and say something publicly in favor of the coach, that means they don't support him. For him to state that as fact is just ridiculous. I have no problem with reporters reporting, but to use elementary logic and say that as if it's a fact is stupid.


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Walton will definitely be out next season. Lavar was just too excited and reckless in spilling out the beans. He is definitely in the know of the what is happening inside the team, beside, the FO wants a total team rebuilding inclusive of getting at least 2 superstars for at least playoff if not championship contention next season. With a mediocre coach in Walton, it will be inconsistent with their plan and attain their goal.


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Keep Luke...Stay the course.


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Walton said they talk all the time, that Magic and Pelinka have told him they totally support him and he feels his job is very secure. The support for Walton goes all the way to ownership. If they are telling that to his face in private, why do they need to come out and say anything? Anything they say feeds into the LaVar story. The Windhorst piece is connected and stems from the LaVar story. Windhorst's logic is elementary. So if a front office doesn't come out and say something publicly in favor of the coach, that means they don't....


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I get not saying anything about Lavar, he's basically a clown show now. But I would hope they would come out and support Luke , when outside sources are talking about his replacement. They had no problem talking about star FA's and what players are up for trade , before they should have. Imo

Yes I fully agree with you here. We are not talking about the Lavar incident. It’s about the new Windhorst rumors. Why can’t they just come forward and say they support their head coach? How hard is it to do that? They had no issues loud mouthing their free agency intent. They were blatantly clear about the players to trade. How about coming out and nipping those rumors in the bud? Is this not a distraction? The longer it lingers the more toxic the locker room is gonna become. Just kill it right now. The fans deserve to feel reassured as well, even if it is not an issue privately.

You cannot use professional conduct only when it suits your needs. Whatever those needs are...!!!


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Yes I fully agree with you here. We are not talking about the Lavar incident. It’s about the new Windhorst rumors. Why can’t they just come forward and say they support their head coach? How hard is it to do that? They had no issues loud mouthing their free agency intent. They were blatantly clear about the players to trade. How about coming out and nipping those rumors in the bud? Is this not a distraction? The longer it lingers the more toxic the locker room is gonna become. Just kill it right now. The fans deserve to feel reassured as well, even if it is not an issue privately.

You cannot use professional conduct only when it suits your needs. Whatever those needs are...!!!

Thank you!!! They're talking about on pre-game show for GS/ Bucks. Billups and Rose did bring up the point that Luke was not the new FO hire. So yeah, why not come out and kill it now!!!

Or has FO went to school for Lavar 101, "all news is good for brand". Lol


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Thank you!!! They're talking about on pre-game show for GS/ Bucks. Billups and Rose did bring up the point that Luke was not the new FO hire. So yeah, why not come out and kill it now!!!

Or has FO went to school for Lavar 101, "all news is good for brand". Lol

Yeah I heard them as well. Nice to see Paul Pierce going back to his laker roots. Lol. Billups also backed him up. They were quite surprised as to why the fo was quiet. It’s not mandatory to do that, but it would be a class act if they did.


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At least Kyle Kuzma has the balls to back his coach. Love that rook.


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At least Kyle Kuzma has the balls to back his coach. Love that rook.

I think even Zo and Bi and the rest of the new guys are ok with him.

It’s those buggers on the trade block I'm afraid of. Lmao!!!


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I think even Zo and Bi and the rest of the new guys are ok with him.

It’s those buggers on the trade block I'm afraid of. Lmao!!!

Yeah once the dust settles I think Luke will be fine. Maybe Magic and Rob say something before MLK on Monday.


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I hope Luke stays & i have his support too. Windhorst is a pure laker hater, i don't know about his “sources”. But its just getting ridiculous by the day.

Id rather stay on the development than getting LBJ to this team. Too much drama now.


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Yeah once the dust settles I think Luke will be fine. Maybe Magic and Rob say something before MLK on Monday.

Man all this nonsense surfaces after we go on a season high 3 win streak. Haters working overtime I guess. Lol


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Man all this nonsense surfaces after we go on a season high 3 win streak. Haters working overtime I guess. Lol

I know right. It's like sabotage....Someone has to put an end to this. If I didn't know any better, you'd think there are forces that don't want the Lakers to rise again.


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I know right. It's like sabotage....Someone has to put an end to this. If I didn't know any better, you'd think there are forces that don't want the Lakers to rise again.

I'm pretty sure other team owners are jealous of Lakers success and popularity, even when they suck, they're still more relevant than most teams in league. Bet the thought of them getting star FA's next season is terrifying. Lol


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I'm pretty sure other team owners are jealous of Lakers success and popularity, even when they suck, they're still more relevant than most teams in league. Bet the thought of them getting star FA's next season is terrifying. Lol

Fug them all!!!!!


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IhatetheCeltics wrote:
People put too much into these reports. Has anyone considered the reason why Magic and Pelinka haven't said anything is because they don't want to keep the LaVar chatter going? The more you talk about it, the bigger story it becomes. And for people like Windhorst to be reporting stuff like this without vetting it I find to be unprofessional. If journalists got their pay docked every time they came out with a ********* story, I'm betting you would see less of this stuff.

Agree.... laughing at this garbage reporting ... Windhorst is a tool bag who needs to go eat another tweenkie.


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Maybe they are planning to add him as an associate head coach(position currently held by Shaw).


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kkennon1 wrote:
Agree Magic !!!

Now if you tell me this hire is about FO thinking he's a better coach, than fine. But if this is just about LBJ, than this FO is no better than last, and hasn't learned anything from past mistakes. I also get it's LBJ, he's going to have some input, but this is also supposed to be the " LAKERS ". Not LA azz kissers!!

Maybe they will get all players who are signed to LBJ's agency as well. They already tried that with KCP, and rumors have swirled about others. So maybe we should change the name of the team to the LA James Gang! And sell it to his holyness!


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kkennon1 wrote:

And it came from the TOP as it should've.


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And it came from the TOP as it should've.

You know our sweet FO/management.

They like to wine you...dine you and then go for the slaughter. LOL!!


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You know our sweet FO/management.

They like to wine you...dine you and then go for the slaughter. LOL!!

Lol....That would look so bad if they're trying to rebuild their image and culture. But yeah at the end of the day, it's a business.


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Whindhorst is a hack. Nothing he says ever happens.


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Magic just tweeted support for Luke as well. Stick to LBJ news Windhorst you lard a**!!!!!!


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Magic just tweeted support for Luke as well. Stick to LBJ news Windhorst you lard a**!!!!!!

Yes!!! These guys are just always trying to create stories. Love how he says, This is what I'm hearing... but it might not happen. Wow! Way to cover yourself cause you know it's a BS story. Smh.


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Whatever happened to on air announcements. Why 'tweet' something that critical?


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Whatever happened to on air announcements. Why 'tweet' something that critical?

That's in the past with analog cell phones and hand checking....lol.


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That's in the past with analog cell phones and hand checking....lol.

ughhh...imo if you want to quell something you put your face on the news and say it out loud. A tweet is nearly worthless.


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