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Odds To Be The Next Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

Luke Walton Betting Odds

When there’s smoke, there’s fire and the rumblings coming out from the Los Angeles Lakers organization is that they could make a head coaching change before the start of next season and an all-time great NBA point guard in Jason Kidd is the favorite to take the helm.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on who will be the head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers to start the 2019-20 season with Jason Kidd (+125) at the top of the list. He’s followed by Mark Jackson (+200), Luke Walton (+333), Frank Vogel (+800), Kevin McHale (+800), Tom Thibodeau (+800), Phil Jackson (+1500) and Lavar Ball (+50000) to round out the oddsboard.

Would the Lakers Seriously Make a Coaching Change?

Anything is possible (shout-out to KG) but when LeBron is on your team, coaches are usually on thin ice. You don’t have to search far on the internets to find articles and reports about how LeBron has clashed with coaches in his career. He reportedly tried to have Erik Spoelstra fired in Miami in his first season and was also linked to being heavily in favor of David Blatt getting canned in Cleveland despite having the best record in the Eastern Conference at the time and going to the NBA Finals the year prior.

David Blatt was fired from the Cavaliers despite leading the Eastern Conference Standings.

That’s why if I’m Luke Walton, I’m likely packing up some of my stuff just in case the rest of this season goes sour. Walton had a good coaching track record when he was the lead assistant with the Warriors and was also the main bench boss during the Dubs’ historic regular season in 2016 while Steve Kerr was recovering from injury for the first three months. That’s why I don’t get the growing sentiment to replace him because it’s not like this batch of coaches on the oddsboard below are upgrades.

My theory is that the Lakers will continue with Walton as the coach for the remainder of the season, try to nab some free agents and if Los Angeles starts slow and goes 5-5 SU in the first 10 games, Walton will be shown the door. That’s why if I was betting on this prop, I’d go with Walton at +333 and bank on the idea that someone in the Lakers organization has some rational thinking.

Do you think the Lakers replace Luke Walton with Jason Kidd? Or do they go with another candidate on the list like Lavar “NEVAHH LOSSST” Ball? Have your say in the comments below.

Odds To Be the Lakers Head Coach To Start 2019-20 NBA Regular Season
  • Jason Kidd +125
  • Mark Jackson +200
  • Luke Walton +333
  • Frank Vogel +800
  • Kevin McHale +800
  • Tom Thibodeau +800
  • Phil Jackson +1500
  • Lavar Ball +50000
Odds as of February 12 at Bovada