Luke Walton is again part of the NBA rumors even though he is busying trying to win a championship with the Golden State Warriors. The assistant coach could land a head coaching job next season with the New York Knicks after the Brooklyn Nets pulled out of contention.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Phil Jackson has already contacted Walton, who was also being targeted by the Nets before they hired Kenny Atkinson on Sunday.
According to Berman, Jackson talked with Walton in a phone interview and the Warriors have already granted permission to other NBA squads of trying to convince Walton for the head coaching job.
“It’s going to be a long, deliberate process,’’ the NY Post article’s source claimed about Walton going to the New York Knicks, which still has interim head coach Kurt Rambis as one of the front runners for the NY job, according to NBA Rumors.
The Warriors recently won Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round best of seven series against the Memphis Grizzlies with Walton serving as an assistant.
Walton had an impressive stint as temporary head coach when the Warriors missed Steve Kerr due to an injury in the first half of the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Golden State broke Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls 72-10 record with their own 73-9 record this regular season. With Kerr out, Walton and the Warriors went 39-4 and that was crucial in their record breaking run this regular season.
Can the Knicks convince Walton in moving to New York and leave the Warriors, who might get their second title in the last two years? Will Walton be a good fit in New York with Jackson insisting to use the “triangle offense” with players like Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony as the core players?
During the NBA Playoffs and in the upcoming season, expect Walton to be part of the NBA rumors as teams search for their next head coach this summer.