Jul 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT
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.
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.
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