Outside wrote:Joerger did a great job in Sacramento -- fired. Bickerstaff did a great job in Memphis -- fired. On the list of things wrong with the Lakers, Luke Walton doesn't make the top 10, yet -- fired. We don't know everything going on in those organizations, but getting shown the door, rightly or wrongly, goes with the territory for the vast majority of coaches.
Luke has looked incompetent with the Lakers though. Terrible rotations and plays at the end of the game. You can't miss the playoffs with someone like Lebron's caliber and not play a major role. The one who should be fired first is the person in charge of making all the horrible trades/moves since last summer mind you, then Luke.
Let me see...
1. Horrible roster construction
2. LeBron injury
3. Injuries to everyone else
4. LeBron entourage-engineered disruption re: Anthony Davis
5. Part-time President of Basketball Operations
6. LeBron no D
7. LeBron checking out on plays on offense
8. Luke wrong coach for LeBron
Okay, so I exaggerated -- Luke does make the top 10 of things wrong with the Lakers this season. But it's not like he was the problem when they were 20-14 when LeBron got hurt on Christmas and the Lakers were IIRC fourth in the West. Their season imploding at that point wasn't Luke's fault.
I do think Luke wasn't the right fit. He was hired to bring along a bunch of young players, not coach LeBron. The list of coaches properly suited to coach LeBron is very, very short. But if the Lakers hadn't been dealing with all their other issues, I don't think Luke's coaching would've been an issue.