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Report: Warriors hiring Luke Walton as assistant coach

Jul 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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At the start of last season, Luke Walton was trying to continue his playing career.

That came after he served as a University of Memphis assistant during the NBA lockout and then returned to playing with the Lakers and Cavaliers. Now, he’s done blurring the playing-coaching line.

Walton is firmly on the coaching track.

He worked as an assistant for the Lakers’ D-League team this season. Phil Jackson considered him for the Knicks, but after that job went to Derek Fisher, Walton found another way to move his career forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (hat tip: CSN Bay Area):

I was never sold on Walton as an incredibly wise player, the type who would definitely make a good coach someday. But there are a lot of smart people around the NBA who believe in his coaching potential.

Under owner Joe Lacob, the Warriors have been committed to hiring strong assistant coaches. See Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams. Walton is a quality, based on potential at least, third assistant.

Walton isn’t ready to become a head coach, and Jackson avoided that misstep. But this is a good place for Walton to show what so many see in him – especially as Steve Kerr might lean on his assistants during his first year coaching.

  1. JT - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Luke still getting that check

  2. muhangis - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    yeah yeah (all niceties aside) probably another case under Luke of his daddy got the right connects and got him the job! Luke Walton never gave me good reason to give him the benefit of the doubt, he never came off as the intelligent type in his game.

  3. campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    He managed a 10 year career,two rings and a coaching gig, not bad for someone not considered bright I guess.

    • progress2011 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      We’ve had U.S. Presidents that were cheerleaders and were functionally illiterate….I guess anything is possible.

  4. muathjam21 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Meh, he’s joining Kerr, Adams, and Gentry. Good staff.

  5. eagles512 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    And our current president makes them all look like honest geniuses.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:47 PM


      nice to meet you… you’re obviously a wise man…

      need more of those around these parts…

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    He’ll fit quite nicely, plus he is used to sitting on the bench doing not nothing so he’ll feel right at home.

    • sgs32 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      that makes me believe he’ll be a great coach, he must know all about how they work with that front-row seat so to speak

  7. tombstone7 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    leave Like alone! He is a great young man every snce he came ouit of Arizona……there are lots of people who can’t play, but can teach….look at Norval Turner-ova formerly with the Chargers….I played with Norval in college and he couldn’t get the ball from the center w/o fumbling. Went to Dalls and won several Super Bowls and the only winnng coach with the Redskins and his career at SD was respectable.

    Luke will be just fine!

    • doctordunkenstein - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I Luked this comment

  8. eagles512 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Ha, sportsfan-agreed we need more

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