Luke Walton Becomes Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

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You may recognize Luke Walton as the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, but on Friday April 30, he accepted the position as the head coach of the Lakers, stated espn.go.

According to Fox Sports, the Lakers reportedly gave Luke Walton a 5 year deal to become the Lakers head coach.  He is replacing Byron Scott. Byron Scott has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for 2 years (2014-2016). The Golden State Warriors granted the Los Angeles Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton on April 28, according to espn.go

“It was a tough decision, but I didn’t have to sleep on it because I already kind of thought it out,” said Walton, who addressed the media for the first time since news of the hire broke Friday. “Obviously, I love that the past two years, the players here are incredible, not just talent-wise, but the people they are. I love the coaching staff I work with here.” espn.go

It was no surprise that he(Luke Walton) was offered this job opportunity.  In the beginning of the season, while Steve Kerr was out with a back injury, Luke Walton led the Warriors with 39 wins and 4 loses, stated ftw.usatoday

“As we witnessed earlier this season, he has all the intangibles necessary to be an outstanding head coach in this league, including a terrific understanding of the game and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people,” stated Steve Kerr head coach of Golden State Warriors.

Walton will continue working with the Warriors until the season ends. Once this season is over.He will begin his position as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.