Luke Walton isn’t heading into the All-Star break on a great note, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, dropping under .500 on the season. However, major coaching changes don’t appear to be on the way in Southern California.
Lakers insider Brad Turner is reporting that Walton’s head coaching job is safe heading into the All-Star break – for now, anyway.
Los Angeles will reportedly not be making any head coaching changes during the season.
“Nothing is going to happen with Luke,” a source told Turner. “There hasn’t even been any talk about it and there won’t be any talks about it. Luke will definitely finish the season and he has the full support. So any talk in the media or on social media can be put to bed about Luke. He’s not going anywhere. There has been no conversation about it.”
Walton, 38, is in his third season coaching the Lakers. He reportedly has the trust of Los Angeles’ front office, though there are some who believe LeBron James and his circle could want a change at some point.
James is no stranger to head coaching moves, as he’s seen several of them in his previous stops.
The Lakers are heading into the All-Star break at 28-29 and are currently 2.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
While Walton’s job might be safe for now, it’s tough to see him holding onto it if the Lakers miss the playoffs.