NBA News: Luke Walton officially hired as Lakers head coach

The Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton will be officially coaching the Los Angeles Lakers next season after both sides agreed to a multi-year deal on Friday.

After a long search for the vacant head coach position, the Los Angeles Lakers finally chose the man whom they think could lead the team to a better place next season.

“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said general manager Mitch Kupchak via Bleacher Report. “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.”

After Walton retired in 2013, he first joined the Warriors organization’s D-league team as a player development coach and then assigned as an assistant coach in the NBA 2014-15 season.

Luke Walton made a good impression after winning the NBA title last year as assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors and taking over for Steve Kerr, who suffered from injury, at the beginning of the 2015-16 NBA season. Walton posted a 39-4 record for the Warriors, including a 24-0 start, before Kerr came back to his position.

ESPN revealed that Walton was the Lakers’ first choice and the only candidate they interviewed. They were supposed to meet several coaching candidates but was canceled, after a decision has been finally made by the Lakers management after Walton’s interview on Thursday at Oakland, California.

Walton will become the eight former Lakers player to coach the team wherein only Pat Riley and Jerry West succeeded while the others had poor coaching records.

The Lakers nation and the NBA world will surely keep an eye to the youngest coach in the league after accepting the most challenging role of rebuilding the Lakers legacy in the incoming years.

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