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Luke Walton soon to be a Lakers man again

Posted by Betonline team on 5/6/2016 5:08:57 AM
Luke Walton soon to be a Lakers man again

The Los Angeles Lakers hired 36-year-old Luke Walton to coach the team next season, paying him $25 million over the next five years to do so.

Here is the problem. Walton will coach Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and D’Angelo Russell, not Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Did Walton prove himself to be a great coach in guiding Golden State to a 35-4 record while Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery? Or was he put in a great situation with the best team in the NBA the past two seasons?

It helps that he is a Lakers man, something old-timers Magic Johnson and James Worthy pushed for. He is young and energetic. He is a man with his own ideas and is expected to scrap Phil Jackson’s old and stale triangle offense and implement the Warriors motion offense.

At the very least Walton is his own man as he takes over a dream job from former Laker Byron Scott who was fired.

“I played for the Lakers and I feel part of the family,” Walton told Los Angeles Times. “It’s kind of nice to be able to go back and try to help rebuild what we used to have there.”

This used to be the run and gun Lake Show under Johnson. Then there was the Kobe Bryant era that earned this organization five NBA titles.

Walton wants to get to work as quickly as possible, but he has unfinished business with the Warriors. He remains on the bench next to Kerr, trying to help them win a second consecutive NBA title.

Walton, the son of Bill Walton, played nine seasons with the Lakers before being traded to Cleveland. He retired in 2013.

“He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said.

His father Bill advised Luke to remain with the Warriors because he is in a good situation.

“Stay where he is, head coaching jobs are open for a reason,” Walton told KTVK-TV in Phoenix. “What he has right now doesn’t get any better that that. Money cannot buy what they have on the Warriors right now.”

Walton was asked if Luke would listen? He quipped: “Did you listen to our dad?” The Lakers are glad he didn’t.


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