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Luke Walton hired as assistant coach for the University of Memphis

Aug 22, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT


Luke Walton hasn’t played much for the Lakers over the past two seasons, due to a combination of injuries and a diminished skill set relative to the rest of the talent on the roster. In his eight seasons in Los Angeles, however, he’s long been regarded as one of the more cerebral players on the team.

Now, with the NBA two months into a lockout that doesn’t have an end in sight, Walton will have a chance to share his knowledge of the game with young players in an official capacity.

The University of Memphis has hired Walton as an assistant coach, according to a report from Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. As is the case more often than not in college coaching circles, there’s a connection here. Walton played under current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner back in college at the University of Arizona, when Pastner worked under Lute Olson as a graduate assistant.

Walton’s knowledge of the game is extensive, but the coaching game is also about motivating and relating to the younger players you’re trying to teach. This is a great opportunity for Walton to get some experience in those areas, while waiting to see if his services will be needed by his current employer in the coming months.

And for Lakers fans wondering if this development will preclude Walton from contributing the 1.7 points per game he averaged for the team last season, fear not: Walton’s deal allows him to leave just as soon as the NBA is back in business.

  1. stayhigh_247 - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    i can see him as a head coach, plus there’s literally hundreds of college jobs to be had. very good move, there’s a handful of guys in the league that should think about going this route, not everybody has the goods though.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Well…makes sense. Sitting on the bench watching everyone else play is what he does best. Love you Luke, but maaan………

    • africanballer - Aug 23, 2011 at 7:27 AM

      maltiquor that’s some funny stuff lol

  3. jimeejohnson - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Luke better get ready for some serious humidity, something this SoCal guy is not used to. You carry the name of one of the greatest college players of all time, your father, big Bill Walton. ” Fare thee well now, let your life proceed by its own design!”

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