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Podcast: Who should the Lakers replace Luke Walton with?

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Where the Lakers go from here is hugely important, but the process they utilize will say a lot about the organization’s direction.

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As this Los Angeles Lakers season is coming to a close, the focus seems to be on replacements for Luke Walton, despite his belief that he’ll be around beyond this year.

The 30

In this episode, Jas Kang is joined by Silver Screen & Roll writer Alex Regla. They kick things off by discussing Bill Oram of The Athletic and Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times reporting on LeBron James’ camp not being happy with head coach Luke Walton.

Then, Alex and Jas get into the negative culture surrounding the Lakers, and finish things up by touching on which of the G League guys may have a future with the big club next season.

Listen below for their entire conversation and, for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

On today’s episode, Pete and I look ahead to how the Lakers should handle their coaching situation. A ton of time has been spent figuring out how the organization has gotten here, but not nearly enough of this discussion has centered on where the Lakers go next.

We start by discussing the culture of replaceability Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have implemented basically since they showed up. According to Pete, this way of building an organization is unprecedented, and it’s hard to argue that analysis.

We then discuss the candidates who have been connected to the Lakers over the last couple weeks and rank them by our own preference. Pete and I prioritize slightly different things.

Finally, we discuss how important the process by which they find Walton’s replacement will be, and the opportunity a lengthy interview process presents for learning about how this era of the NBA works.

You can listen to the entire episode below, and make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.