The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the 2016-17 NBA season under new head coach Luke Walton. In their preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson complimented their former assistant coach, saying that the Lakers are headed in the right direction.
With the retirement of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to undergo a rebuilding process and made a huge adjustment on their roster. Last season was a disaster for the purple and gold as they suffered their worst franchise record of 17 wins. Early in the offseason, the Lakers fired Byron Scott and replace him with their former player and Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton.
Walton had made a good impression when he took over as the Warriors’ interim head coach early in 2015-16 NBA season. Recently, Luke Walton faced his former team for the first time as the Lakers head coach. The Warriors didn’t even bother to hold back, giving the Lakers a 32-point lead in the first half.
The Lakers experienced the nightmare facing the improved 73-win Golden State Warriors with the addition of Kevin Durant. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Durant all scored double-digits before the Warriors went down to the bottom of their rotation.
Stephen Curry noticed the difference with the Lakers when Luke Walton took over as their head coach. The two-time MVP revealed that most of the Lakers have high praise for Walton and love the way he mentored the team.
“I’ve talked to most of the guys over there,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “They all love him and his approach to coaching their team. That says a lot about who he is and how he’s going to try to change their culture.”
Klay Thompson also expects the Lakers to be a better team in the upcoming season. Thompson said that it might take long before the Lakers are back into contention but they are surely on the right path to success.
“They’ll be a lot better this year,” Thompson said. “A lot of those guys are young. They’ve got another year under their belt, and that’s huge. I think [Walton is] smart, and he knows that it’s not going to be built overnight, and he understands that it will take a time to be great. He’ll lose sleep over losses because he’s competitive, but he won’t be killed if they don’t have great success early on, because he knows it takes time, especially with such a young team like that.”
Luke Walton continues to receive positive reviews since he was named as the Lakers head coach. The Lakers may not be a playoff contender team entering the 2016-17 NBA season, but they are expected to improve than they were in the past two seasons.
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