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Just a week after firing Byron Scott, the Lakers have hired a former player of theirs and Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton as their new head coach.
Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record during Steve Kerr’s absence this past season and is a major reason for the historic season the defending champs had. With his stock at an all-time high, Walton was already receiving interest from the Knicks and Kings, but he wanted to be in LA. Check out the details via NBA.com:
Timing, as they say, is everything, and in a flash, after going 39-4 while keeping the seat warm for Kerr, Walton found himself high on the list of every team looking for a coach.
The Lakers, from all accounts, are his dream job, and the two sides struck a deal late Friday for Walton to succeed Scott, who was fired last week. Part of the reason for Scott’s firing was the demand for Walton. He spoke with Knicks president Phil Jackson and was being considered by the Kings. The Lakers had to act now or risk losing Walton for good.
And now the question is: Was Walton’s amazing record with the Warriors due to Golden State being a polished and veteran team fueled by three All-Stars? Or did Walton show gobs of potential during his four-month stint? Maybe the truth is a bit of both.