Lakers pick Luke Walton for new head coach

Posted at 7:23 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 02:49:44-04
EL SEGUNDO (CNS) - The Los Angeles Lakers hired Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton today as their coach, five days after the firing of Byron Scott.
Walton and the team reached agreement on a multi-year contract, general manager Mitch Kupchak said. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Warriors season.
"We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career," Kupchak said.
"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 inherits a team that had a franchise-worst 17-65 record in the recently completed 2015-16 season.
Walton is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Warriors.
He had a 39-4 record as Golden State's interim coach to begin this season when Steve Kerr was unable to coach as because of back problems, including a 24-0 start, the best in NBA history.
Walton, a son of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA lockout. He was a player development coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the 2013-14 season.
The 36-year-old Walton played for the Lakers from 2003 through 2012 and was a member of their 2009 and 2010 championship teams.