LOS ANGELES — Vast upheaval within the Los Angeles Lakers organization continued on Friday afternoon when the team announced that Luke Walton was stepping down as coach.
The Lakers said in a statement that Walton and the team had “mutually agreed to part ways,” without elaborating. The news came three days after Magic Johnson, the team’s president for basketball operations, made the surprise announcement that he was resigning so he could devote more time to his business interests.
Walton, 39, was in his third season with the Lakers, who were expected to vie for a playoff spot after signing LeBron James, a four-time N.B.A. most valuable player, to a four-year, 4 million contract last July. Instead, the Lakers scuffled to a 37-45 record after months of general dysfunction and momentum-sapping injuries. They finished 10th in the Western Conference, well out of playoff position.
The N.B.A.’s postseason will start Saturday but without the Lakers, whose postseason drought is now at six seasons. Not even the celebrated addition of James could salvage this one, but he missed significant time with a groin injury. And even when he was on the court, he appeared detached from his teammates as weeks of misery mounted.
The Lakers are fraught with problems. When Johnson announced that he was quitting this week, he indicated that he had been planning to fire Walton and that he had the support of Jeanie Buss, the team’s controlling owner, to go forward with the move. But then Johnson resigned — in part, he said, because he could not go through with affecting someone’s “livelihood.”
Hours later, after the Lakers had closed out their season with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Walton said that he was looking forward to an eventful summer with the team in hopes of making improvements. Now he is gone, too, though he may not be unemployed for long.
The Sacramento Kings immediately responded to Friday’s news by reaching out to Walton’s representatives to arrange an interview for their coaching vacancy, according to two people familiar with Sacramento’s plans who were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Walton is considered the front-runner to replace Dave Joerger, whom the Kings fired this week.
Steve Kerr, the coach of the Golden State Warriors, expressed his support for Walton, one of his former assistants.
“In this job, as a coach in the N.B.A., you are 100 percent dependent on your circumstances: the strength of your organization, the momentum, unity,” Kerr told reporters in Oakland, Calif. “Everything has to be in good order, because if it’s not, as we have witnessed with the Lakers, then there’s going to be casualties, and usually the coach is the first one.”
He added: “They’re losing one of the best humans in the N.B.A. They’re losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I’ve met. They’re losing somebody who players believe in.”
Walton, the son of the Hall of Fame center Bill Walton, was working with an ill-conceived roster that lacked depth, defense and perimeter shooting. Still, the pressure was on him before the season even began. Once the Lakers got off to a slow start, Johnson chastised Walton in a closed-door meeting, raising speculation that Walton was already on the hot seat.
Questions about Walton’s job security persisted throughout the season as he shuffled rotations and lineups, searching for solutions that never materialized.
Walton refused to make excuses — publicly, he was a voice of unwavering optimism amid a sea of discontent — but it hardly helped that the Lakers were troubled by injuries, especially at point guard.
Then there was James, who had been incredibly durable in his 16-year career. But during the Lakers’ Christmas Day game against the Warriors, he limped off the court with a strained groin and missed the next 17 games. Without him, the Lakers struggled. The hope was that they could regain their footing once he returned, but he was not the cure-all anyone imagined. The Lakers continued to lose with James back in the lineup, even though he said he had “activated” himself for a playoff push.
It had become clear by then, however, that the Lakers did not have any discernible chemistry, especially after Johnson and Rob Pelinka, their general manager, tried and failed to acquire the All-Star center Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans ahead of February’s trade deadline. (It was no coincidence, perhaps, that Davis and James shared an agent, Rich Paul.) The Lakers were willing to send the Pelicans several of their promising young players, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, but were rebuffed in their attempts to swing a blockbuster deal.
The result was a team that seemed distracted at best and fractured at worst. Before long, the Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. James did not dress for the final six games of the season.
Walton, who spent most of his 10-year N.B.A. playing career with the Lakers, winning two championships as a reserve forward, was hired as their coach in 2016 after two seasons as an assistant with the Warriors. In 2015-16, he began the season as the Warriors’ interim coach while Kerr recovered from debilitating back issues, and guided the team to a 39-4 record, which included a league-record 24 straight wins to start the season.
It was certainly an achievement, but the Warriors were coming off a championship and primed to excel. With the Lakers, Walton was trying to build something. Now, that vast project — however onerous — will continue without him.B:
【小】【时】【候】【的】【吴】【悠】【悠】【在】【惊】【惧】【中】【晕】【厥】【了】【过】【去】。 【成】【年】【的】【吴】【悠】【悠】【面】【无】【表】【情】【的】【举】【起】【了】【随】【心】【环】，【一】【股】【蓝】【色】【的】【火】【焰】，【吞】【噬】【了】【记】【忆】【中】【的】【她】。 【纪】【寒】【仍】【然】【握】【着】【她】【的】【手】：“【好】【了】？” 【吴】【悠】【悠】【轻】【轻】【的】【笑】【了】【笑】：【好】【了】。” “【回】【去】【吗】？” “【走】。” 【返】【程】【的】【飞】【机】【上】，【纪】【寒】【叹】【了】【口】【气】：“【你】【比】【我】【想】【象】【的】【要】【坚】【强】【呢】。” 【吴】【悠】【悠】【嗤】【笑】
【都】【需】【得】【我】【跑】【这】【一】【趟】。 【身】【边】【有】【枫】【叶】【保】【护】【我】【的】【安】【全】。 【还】【有】【一】【个】【丫】【鬟】【跟】【着】。 【这】【些】【年】，【我】【享】【受】【了】【孤】【独】，【孤】【独】【如】【影】【随】【形】。 【没】【有】【左】【湛】【在】【身】【边】，【我】【总】【是】【孤】【独】。 【我】【很】【少】【再】【显】【露】【于】【人】【前】，【这】【次】【也】【拒】【绝】【韩】【砾】【提】【供】【的】【护】【卫】【保】【护】。 【我】【很】【少】【出】【过】【这】【般】【远】【门】，【远】【也】【是】【其】【次】，【是】【个】【贫】【瘠】【的】，【陌】【生】【的】【地】【方】。 【又】【靠】【着】【边】【境】。
【有】【了】【这】【生】【命】【之】【力】【的】【力】【量】，【豆】【豆】【才】【有】【了】【救】【活】【小】【月】【的】【办】【法】。 【木】【英】【赶】【到】【小】【月】【身】【边】【的】【时】【候】，【那】【个】【持】【剑】【少】【女】【正】【为】【难】【着】【没】【有】【多】【一】【个】【帮】【手】。 【小】【女】【孩】【这】【样】【的】【伤】，【必】【须】【一】【人】【扶】【定】，【一】【人】【开】【锁】。 【不】【然】【一】【边】【的】【锁】【打】【开】，【她】【整】【个】【人】【必】【然】【会】【被】【另】【一】【边】【的】【锁】【链】【给】【牵】【扯】【倒】【地】，【那】【样】，【身】【上】【的】【皮】【肤】【恐】【怕】【真】【真】【会】【被】【扯】【脱】【掉】。 【看】【到】【抛】【钥】【匙】【的】【木】【英】
【波】【风】【水】【门】【依】【旧】【笑】【着】【说】【道】：“【所】【以】【只】【有】【拜】【托】【你】，【再】【为】【了】【村】【子】【一】【次】！” 【哈】！【听】【他】【这】【么】【说】，【月】【光】【疾】【风】【意】【思】【说】【不】【出】【话】【来】。 【试】【探】【性】【的】【问】【道】：“【那】【意】【思】【是】【要】【我】【再】【去】【女】【汤】【池】【偷】…【侦】【察】？” 【这】【话】【说】【出】【来】【他】【都】【有】【些】【脸】【红】。 “【嘘】~【小】【声】【点】，【一】【切】【都】【是】【为】【了】【村】【子】，【只】【有】【你】【的】【透】【遁】【最】【合】【适】，【虽】【然】【我】【知】【道】【很】【危】【险】，【但】【是】【拜】【托】【了】！【我】【们】天下彩水男奶奶【这】【红】【粉】【骷】【髅】【存】【在】【着】【封】【印】，【之】【前】【有】【不】【少】【道】【皇】【都】【从】【此】【地】【路】【过】，【但】【由】【于】【要】【炼】【化】【阵】【法】，【并】【且】【将】【红】【粉】【骷】【髅】【也】【一】【同】【炼】【化】，【才】【能】【带】【离】【此】【地】，【消】【耗】【时】【间】【非】【常】【多】，【故】【而】【他】【们】【才】【放】【弃】。 【可】【是】【眼】【下】，【这】【红】【粉】【骷】【髅】【竟】【然】【苏】【醒】【了】？ 【紫】【皇】【内】【心】【轰】【鸣】，【感】【到】【万】【般】【不】【敢】【置】【信】，【而】【且】【红】【粉】【骷】【髅】【旁】【边】【的】【那】【个】【年】【轻】【人】【是】【谁】？【难】【不】【成】【就】【是】【他】【解】【开】【了】【封】【印】？
【扯】【了】【那】【么】【多】【有】【的】【没】【的】，【最】【重】【要】【的】【还】【是】【要】【先】【搞】【定】【眼】【前】【这】【只】「【牛】【头】【人】【战】【士】」。 “【嗷】【嗷】……” 【伴】【随】【着】【一】【阵】【悠】【长】【的】【惨】【叫】【声】，【牛】【头】【人】【战】【士】【那】【巨】【大】【的】【身】【体】【轰】【然】【倒】【地】，【掉】【落】【了】【一】【堆】【金】【币】。 【这】【些】【都】【是】【钱】【啊】！ 【李】【如】【风】【眼】【疾】【手】【快】【的】【捡】【起】【了】【金】【币】，【然】【后】【交】【易】【给】【林】【妙】【竹】：“【喏】，【小】【骗】【子】，【你】【的】【金】【币】！” 【林】【妙】【竹】：“【唔】……”
【其】【实】【自】【诩】【为】【天】【才】【的】【进】【化】【者】，【在】【普】【通】【人】【眼】【里】【大】【多】【就】【是】【疯】【子】。 【毕】【竟】【他】【们】【能】【看】【到】【并】【进】【入】【另】【一】【个】【世】【界】，【而】【那】【个】【世】【界】，【对】【普】【通】【人】【而】【言】，【就】【是】【一】【场】【光】【怪】【陆】【离】【匪】【夷】【所】【思】【的】【幻】【梦】。 【就】【像】【小】【双】【双】【的】【存】【在】。 【巴】【掌】【那】【么】【大】【一】【匹】【小】【马】，【整】【个】【儿】【站】【到】【人】【手】【掌】【上】【的】【时】【候】【还】【可】【以】【缩】【小】【变】【得】【跟】【手】【指】【头】【那】【么】【大】，【可】【以】【无】【视】【地】【心】【引】【力】【的】【在】【人】【身】【上】【乱】【跑】
【成】【功】【避】【免】【了】【怀】【疑】【的】【四】【人】【从】【里】【头】【出】【来】【后】，【揭】【开】【了】【快】【被】【汗】【水】【泡】【发】【的】【面】【具】，【趁】【着】【四】【下】【无】【人】，【脱】【去】【外】【头】【的】【罩】【衣】。 【幸】【亏】【苏】【南】【心】【思】【缜】【密】，【出】【门】【前】【想】【到】【让】【他】【们】【穿】【上】【浑】【黑】【的】【夜】【行】【衣】，【这】【会】【儿】【可】【就】【派】【上】【用】【场】【了】。 【有】【光】【的】【地】【方】【就】【会】【有】【盲】【区】，【而】【这】【里】【头】【的】【盲】【区】，【就】【在】【立】【柱】【之】【后】。 【因】【为】【四】【人】【中】【只】【有】【宋】【平】【一】【人】【会】【机】【关】【术】，【所】【以】【破】【坏】【机】【关】【只】
【寻】【人】【手】【杖】【一】【端】【粗】，【一】【端】【细】，【看】【着】【一】【很】【普】【通】【的】【一】【根】【棍】【子】。 【唯】【一】【特】【别】【的】【是】【粗】【的】【一】【端】【有】【一】【个】【按】【钮】，【还】【有】【一】【个】【小】【小】【的】【显】【示】【器】。 【操】【作】【是】【傻】【瓜】【似】【的】，【摁】【下】【按】【钮】【立】【在】【地】【上】，【直】【接】【说】【出】【要】【找】【的】【人】【就】【行】。 【陈】【亦】【将】【手】【杖】【立】【在】【地】【上】【就】【放】【开】【了】【手】，【手】【杖】【却】【直】【挺】【挺】【立】【着】【不】【倒】。 “【我】【要】【找】【的】【人】【在】【哪】【儿】？” 【陈】【亦】【想】【了】【想】，【故】【意】【用】【很】【模】