The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Luke Walton as their head coach, the team announced Friday.
Walton is currently an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, who have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Walton will finish the postseason with the Warriors before taking over in Los Angeles.
“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “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 served as the Warriors’ interim head coach at the start of this regular season, filling in for an ill Steve Kerr. He led the team to a 39–4 record before Kerr’s return.
Walton, the son of NBA legend Bill Walton, also played for the Lakers from 2003 to 2012. He was a member of Los Angeles’s 2009 and 2010 championship teams.
Welcome home, Luke Walton.
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) April 30, 2016
Walton killed interview with Jim Buss & Mitch Kupchak, showing all he has learned about coaching. Lakers decided to lock him up immediately.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 30, 2016
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