LeBron James’ agent, friend, and business partner, Rich Paul, reportedly made several people aware, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver, that he did not believe Luke Walton was the right coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, Paul met with Silver for lunch in November. During their meeting, Paul suddenly spoke up to tell Silver that he did not think Walton should coach James and the Lakers.
According to Holmes, Silver “shrugged” off the comment and asked Paul who he thought should coach the Lakers. Paul reportedly told Silver he thought ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would be right for the job.
Holmes also reported that Paul told people, including journalists, through “back-channels” that he didn’t support Walton.
As Holmes noted, it’s not unusual for agents to make their voices heard (often on behalf of their clients) on team matte