Luke Walton to Become New Head Coach

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Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors season.

"We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career," said Kupchak. "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."

Walton, 36, will be the 26th head coach in franchise history, and the 22nd in the Los Angeles era.

Walton is currently in his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Warriors. Earlier this season, he posted a 39-4 record as interim head coach in Steve Kerr's absence, including a 24-0 start, the best start in NBA history.

Walton enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (2003-13), averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 564 regular season games with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Originally selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was a member of championship teams with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

After his playing career, Walton served as a player development coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the 2013-14 season. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA lockout.

http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/160429_lukewalton?cid=tw

That was extremely quick. Welcome back to Luke!


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Did anyone else even get interviewed?

High risk high reward, here's hoping to a succesfull future!


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Like the pick, but this whole coaching search was BS. It was always Luke's job. Messina, Ollie and other were all " just in case he turns us down " coaches.


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Tempy wrote:
Did anyone else even get interviewed?

High risk high reward, here's hoping to a succesfull future!

Wtf? Was thinking the same thing. Hoping for Ollie/Messina. Anyways I'm giving my undivided support to the new HC. Go lakers.


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They have to give him more time than 2 years, regardless of how slow the development process is. If you are hiring him at 36 years old, you have to be thinking long term with this hire. At least that is what I am hoping. Unless they commit to that, this hiring means nothing. But he was my first choice so I am happy about that. Other was Ollie, but it sounds like he wasn't leaving UConn.


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Well Well Well!!!!!....I was not an advocate but I know I saw a lot of LTBers saying he wouldn't leave. At this point, I'll just roll with it....smh.


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Oh and next move.......PJ.


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I think this was a good pick. No coach is ever perfect, but I think the chance with Luke is just the same as a chance with Ollie, Messina or JVG.

They all have their flaws and no one truly knows which coaches would of turned out the best.

Luke is young and I think more in touch with this generation of basketball. And I think he will be an excellent recruiter for us as well.

This was his dream job and the chance of it being offered to him again in his life would be slim. Also most likely his first HC job would be a young non playoff team, unless he got lucky which very few do for their first HC job.


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Oh and next move.......PJ.

That ain't happening. If they win 30 something games and the young players show good progress, Jeanie will let Jim keep his job. She doesn't want to get involved at all. Listen to her interview with Cowherd.


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Not surprise the hiring of luke. Hopefully he can have an impact and make some connection to our young squad like Brad Stevens in Boston.


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Now I wonder who will his assistants be?


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
Wtf? Was thinking the same thing. Hoping for Ollie/Messina. Anyways I'm giving my undivided support to the new HC. Go lakers.

Yeah, I'm not disappointed in Luke, from all accounts he is a rising star in coaching circles, just thought the process was going to be thorough.

Seems like the FO were set on him from the start, all we can do is support the decision now. Let's go Lakers.


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IhatetheCeltics wrote:
That ain't happening. If they win 30 something games and the young players show good progress, Jeanie will let Jim keep his job. She doesn't want to get involved at all. Listen to her interview with Cowherd.

If they can win 32 games I will count that as a very successful season.


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Now I wonder who will his assistants be?

You tell us Mr Walton. Lol


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IhatetheCeltics wrote:
That ain't happening. If they win 30 something games and the young players show good progress, Jeanie will let Jim keep his job. She doesn't want to get involved at all. Listen to her interview with Cowherd.

Well if they can keep the pick, the core improves over the summer and they can get a free agent or two in the summer, I'd expect 30 or so wins. But then again I thought they could get that many last season lol.


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Not sure how i feel about this. On one hand, he did guide the Warriors to 39-4 start. But on the flip side, i think Byron Scott would have had the same record had he coached the Warriors over that span. Hopefully Luke proves us all wrong and becomes the coach that everyone makes him out to be.


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IhatetheCeltics wrote:
That ain't happening. If they win 30 something games and the young players show good progress, Jeanie will let Jim keep his job. She doesn't want to get involved at all. Listen to her interview with Cowherd.

Man we don't know what's going to happen. I'm not advocating PJ to come back, but I won't or wouldn't be surprised.


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Welcome back Luke......


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Man we don't know what's going to happen. I'm not advocating PJ to come back, but I won't or wouldn't be surprised.

Well we got to hope there is a radical improvement next season so that Jimbo stays. Never thought I'd say that.


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Well we got to hope there is a radical improvement next season so that Jimbo stays. Never thought I'd say that.

I have to believe that Luke will have some input. God I hope so. He don't need to be a puppet. Is he the youngest coach ever at age 36?


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I have to believe that Luke will have some input. God I hope so. He don't need to be a puppet. Is he the youngest coach ever at age 36?

With him already having time under Mitch as a player I wonder just how much respect/input he is going to have.

It's like when a co-worker gets promoted to manager, you just don't have that same respect.


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Luke had a great situation in GS and he was being advised to stay as well. I doubt he left just to be a puppet. I'm assuming that the days of puppeting are gone along with Kobe.


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userpete1037 wrote:
Welcome back Luke......

You don't sound happy Luke coming back to the Lakers as our Head Coach. Lol


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Luke had a great situation in GS and he was being advised to stay as well. I doubt he left just to be a puppet. I'm assuming that the days of puppeting are gone along with Kobe.

Mitch is still a puppet lol


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^^^^

Lol...I can get with it Kerwin.


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https://mobile.twitter.com/ramonashelbu ... 3395832832

That disappoints me. What was the rush?


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BiggestLakersFan wrote:
Not sure how i feel about this. On one hand, he did guide the Warriors to 39-4 start. But on the flip side, i think Byron Scott would have had the same record had he coached the Warriors over that span. Hopefully Luke proves us all wrong and becomes the coach that everyone makes him out to be.

Any good or great coach is only as good as talent around him. So until this team gets more talent and current players develop, don't think any coach would have made a difference. I'm not expecting Lakers to make playoffs next year, unless they get very lucky in FA, just want to see how players develop under Walton, and hopefully that will turn into more wins. If we double or come close to doubling our total wins at 17 this year, I'll be happy.


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userpete1037 wrote:
I have to believe that Luke will have some input. God I hope so. He don't need to be a puppet. Is he the youngest coach ever at age 36?

Well if they gave the bozo input and he wanted Russell, than I'm sure Luke will have some input on draft and FA too.


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userpete1037 wrote:
I have to believe that Luke will have some input. God I hope so. He don't need to be a puppet. Is he the youngest coach ever at age 36?

I don't think he would be a puppet. Actually I have formed some new found respect for Luke, even though he wasn't my first choice. Almost the entire bb world was advising him to think twice/stay away from the lakers job....including his "crack pot" father. But he was decisive and eventually had his way. Kudos to him for exhibiting to the world, that he thinks for himself.


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So is he going to finish the season out with the Dubs?


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Tempy wrote:
https://mobile.twitter.com/ramonashelburne/status/7262383333958 32832

That disappoints me. What was the rush?

Same here. They did the same bs with Byron..well at least they didn't Interview Luke 15 times like they did with buffoon.... Hahaha.


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userpete1037 wrote:
So is he going to finish the season out with the Dubs?

Yes that's the common protocol. He will be there until the end of the season.


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I'm hoping that Luke instills more of the Warriors offense than the triangle. I hope he sees comparisons with Russell and Curry as far as shooting and passing are concerned. Last year Russell played in a near non existent offense that looked far from organized which didn't allow him to showcase his strengths. Hopefully Luke recognizes our players strengths and builds an offense to reflect that.


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Nah I remember with Byron they interviewed other candidates before settling on him. Lionel Hollins, Dunleavy, and Adelman off the top of my head. I guess I take the opposite viewpoint, I'm somewhat happy they did something decisive for once instead of wobbling back and forth and taking forever to make a decision. If you look at the personnel on your team, you should have an idea of what you want to see in a head coach. It shouldn't take you interviewing 12 candidates to find out. If you don't have somewhat of an idea before conducting interviews, then that is even more worrisome. As if they need more to worry about....


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Not exactly cutting ties with the past that I hopped for, but at least the FO isn't reaching back to Showtime greats.

It's funny. If you think about it, all the guys didn't do well as coaches. I know Magic, Rambo, Scott, were horrible. I forget did Big Game James ever coach? What's Kareem doing nowadays? I know he had some interest in coaching or did Bynum scare him off? LOL.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of offense Luke uses. Hopefully he uses a scheme that benefits the kids.


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Well I already know some people here and around the league will think that we want to be the next Warriors 2.0 just because we hired Luke. Really? No, we won't start 24-0 this upcoming season because we're not the Warriors. They got a squad were they been playing together for a while and what can I say they're the champs. Success isn't build over night no matter what you want to achieve in life. It takes time and hopefully Luke can be that bridge to make us cross over the side of the river where once we were a proud, not a laughing stock franchise and a successful team for decades. I like this hiring because Luke is a young talented coach that can communicate and connect with young players and I know he will do a good job like Scott Brooks on what he did to the young thunder squad years ago that made the young players blossom their potential and turned into star players and turned a sorry a$$ team to a playoff contender.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
Yes that's the common protocol. He will be there until the end of the season.

Gotcha...


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I'm extremely curious what we had to pay him.


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Kerwin wrote:
Well I already know some people here and around the league will think that we want to be the next Warriors 2.0 just because we hired Luke. Really? No, we won't start 24-0 this upcoming season because we're not the Warriors. They got a squad were they been playing together for a while and what can I say they're the champs. Success isn't build over night no matter what you want to achieve in life. It takes time and hopefully Luke can be that bridge to make us cross over the side of the river where once we were a proud, not a laughing stock franchise and a successful team for decades. I like this hiring because Luke is a young talented coach that can communicate and connect with young players and I know he will do a good job like Scott Brooks on what he did to the young thunder squad years ago that made the young players blossom their potential and turned into star players and turned a sorry a$$ team to a playoff contender.

Nah we just need to be the best team we can be. Establish our own identity, whatever that will be.


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Nah I remember with Byron they interviewed other candidates before settling on him. Lionel Hollins, Dunleavy, and Adelman off the top of my head. I guess I take the opposite viewpoint, I'm somewhat happy they did something decisive for once instead of wobbling back and forth and taking forever to make a decision. If you look at the personnel on your team, you should have an idea of what you want to see in a head coach. It shouldn't take you interviewing 12 candidates to find out. If you don't have somewhat of an idea before conducting interviews, then that is even more worrisome. As if they need more to worry about....

Well if you were getting a contractor in to work on your home, would you hire the first guy you got an estimate from, or would you interview another to just make sure?


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Ollie would have been better


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magic42157 wrote:
Ollie would have been better

Yeah that was my choice but I'm on board so it is what it is.


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magic42157 wrote:
Ollie would have been better

Just curious if there was in actual facts that Support Ollie being a better choice or if it's just your opinion.

I feel they both offer the same amount of risk. If it wasn't for Durrant saying Ollie name then I'm not sure the world would even know who we was.


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This is such a bummer. I see where this is headed and it involves Phil coming back to run things with Jeanie leading it all. Welcome back Triangle and goodbye to the new era of the Lakers. I really hope I'm wrong and that this had nothing to do with Phil coming back. I wanted JVG, someone who has experience and has gone to the playoffs every year he ciached. I knew this is where they were headied and feel it is a huge mistake. Whatever, it is what it is now. Damn.


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Not sure young Skywalker will instill the confidence to have FA's come here now. He's unproven, inexperienced, and I think now they will wait and see, and go elsewhere. Maybe Whitesides et al. But not a Durant etc. No way. Players are smart, agents are smarter. I'm sure everyone was impressed with how Luke handled the Warriors in that span (why do you call them Dubs?), but no one is fooling themselves he's suddenly the 2nd coming after so little time coaching around. And if Jeannie gets PJ to come back now to run the FO, and he tells Luke to run the triangle, I'll just puke.

IMO this is just another example of how the team and esp FO are stuck in the past. They just can't move on. This was too easy. Low hanging fruit. It's disappointing really. I'm not saying Luke may not work out and be the right choice in the end. Time will tell. But still, you have to wonder. Is Mitch too shy to talk to non-ex Laker players? lol Why not let someone non-Laker related have a go? Sheesh. I'm surprised they didn't offer it to Coop or Worthy. They both have more experience than Luke. Why not Lisa Leslie? Anyways, whateva. Like many have said, it was fast...too fast. The PO's aren't ova. Why not talk to Luke and make a handshake on the side, and get him back to seal the deal after the PO's? Lazy lazy lazy FO.


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Lakers_4_Lyfe_BayBay wrote:
http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/160429_lukewalton?cid=tw

That was extremely quick. Welcome back to Luke!

That tip 10 is hilarious! Yeah Luke was always a pass first guard. No make that a pass only guard. I can remember how many open looks he had and then just flipped to someone else. Basket shy I used to call him. I hope his coaching chops and confidence are better than they were when he was a player. Yikes. A year in college as an asst (just to learn the lingo I guess). A year in the D League, under Mark Madsen LMAO. And then the Warriors job. Some guys just manage fail their way to the top. What can I say. Nobody can tell me nepotism in the NBA isn't ripe.


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Shepherd wrote:
Not sure young Skywalker will instill the confidence to have FA's come here now. He's unproven, inexperienced, and I think now they will wait and see, and go elsewhere. Maybe Whitesides et al. But not a Durant etc. No way. Players are smart, agents are smarter. I'm sure everyone was impressed with how Luke handled the Warriors in that span (why do you call them Dubs?), but no one is fooling themselves he's suddenly the 2nd coming after so little time coaching around. And if Jeannie gets PJ to come back now to run the FO, and he tells Luke to run the triangle, I'll just puke.

IMO this is just another example of how the team and esp FO are stuck in the past. They just can't move on. This was too easy. Low hanging fruit. It's disappointing really. I'm not saying Luke may not work out and be the right choice in the end. Time will tell. But still, you have to wonder. Is Mitch too shy to talk to non-ex Laker players? lol Why not let someone non-Laker related have a go? Sheesh. I'm surprised they didn't offer it to Coop or Worthy. They both have more experience than Luke. Why not Lisa Leslie? Anyways, whateva. Like many have said, it was fast...too fast. The PO's aren't ova. Why not talk to Luke and make a handshake on the side, and get him back to seal the deal after the PO's? Lazy lazy lazy FO.

Exactly as I feel Shepherd. The rumor was that the a Lakers were looking for a coach that could recruit great free agents. This is what they had in mind? Come on. This is a$$ backwards to that rumor. I don't get it. Btw, a lot of bad words have been said on this forum, and yet It won't let me say "a$$" before allowing me to post. Wtf? a** a** a**


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Exactly as I feel Shepherd. The rumor was that the a Lakers were looking for a coach that could recruit great free agents. This is what they had in mind? Come on. This is a$$ backwards to that rumor. I don't get it. Btw, a lot of bad words have been said on this forum, and yet It won't let me say "a$$" before allowing me to post. Wtf? a** a** a**

LOL i know right. Why do we need to be censored? It's an adult site. No kids here. So...

About Luke, I think you're right again, how can he recruit? He's not far gone from being one himself! A lot of players are still active at 36. Luke probably would be as well if PJ had stuck around lol.

Bad back and all. All we can do is hope it's not another blunder headed move by the untouchable one, Mitch. Why does he take so little flack for his ridiculous moves? And his timing is atrocious. Always has been. I can just see us blowing away another $10mill or so when Luke gets the axe in a cple years, along with Jimbo, while Mitch sits in the shadows apart from criticism, somehow, like always. Amazing, teflon man.


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GhostNugget wrote:
I'm extremely curious what we had to pay him.

Maybe he feels bad about all the Laker money he stole as a player and is going to coach the first two seasons for free?


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Maybe he feels bad about all the Laker money he stole as a player and is going to coach the first two seasons for free?

Hahahaha...I know that last deal was crazy. Free money not to play. $15mill wasn't it? You gotta admit, none of us expected this to happen so fast. That is one whacky FO. Jhc...


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