Luke Walton, who is among the top candidates to be the next Lakers head coach, was advised by his father and NBA legend Bill Walton regarding on not accepting the Lakers’ job.
The Golden State Warriors recently gave permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.
Walton became one of the favorite candidates for the Lakers head coach position after posting a 39-4 record for the Warriors to start the season. However, his father, Bill Walton, didn’t like the idea of him leaving the Warriors for the Lakers head coach position.
“Stay where he is,” Walton said about his son’s pending decision via Lakers Nation. “Head coaching jobs are open for a reason. What he has right now, it doesn’t get any better than that. Money cannot buy what they have on the Warriors right now. I’ve been on some of the most special teams in the history of basketball. UCLA, Portland, and the Celtics. I have seen the other end of the spectrum too, and so I know.”
The Lakers current situation might be the biggest fear of Luke Walton’s father why he did not want his son to be eager to get the coaching position. Also, if the Lakers will not be having a good performance under Luke Walton, there might be a greater possibility that he will end up like Byron Scott.
Bill Walton must be thinking in advance about his son’s future and wanted Luke to gain more experience in his current team, the Golden State Warriors, who were the among the top contenders for the 2016 NBA championship title.
According to a previous report, if the Lakers hires Luke Walton for the head coach position, there will be a larger possibility to lure Golden State Warriors incoming free agents, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, to join the Lakers next season. Barnes and Ezeli were some of the Lakers’ key options if ever they failed to sign their main target, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Luke Walton must be having a hard time thinking over what he really wants and what his father knows that is best for him. The Los Angeles Lakers have not been giving details or hints on whom they will choose for the coaching position.
However, they are still in the process of interviewing other candidates for the Lakers’ head coach position including Ettore Messina, David Blatt, Kevin Ollie, Mark Jackson, John Calipari and Jeff Van Gundy.
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