Luke Walton Will Be an NBA Head Coach Next Year, but Where?

December 28th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

As far as NBA coaching prospects are concerned, rises through the ranks don't get much meteoric than Luke Walton's. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins recently recalled Walton's path from retired Los Angeles Lakers farmhand to interim coach of the defending champion Golden State Warriors:

That left Walton, who two years ago was playing for a rec-league team called Wonder Bread at Aviation Gym in Redondo Beach, moonlighting as a Lakers TV analyst on Time Warner Cable Sports; and working part-time as a flip-flop-wearing staffer for the L.A. D-Fenders of the Development League. Even last season, Walton was only a player development coach in Golden State, learning from colleague Chris DeMarco how to compile scouting reports. He handled the Warriors' summer-league outfit, but he also spent a lot of afternoons on beach volleyball courts in Manhattan Beach, with a squad that rocks tight-fitting Lakers uniforms and Afro wigs in homage to Fletch. Suddenly, this guy was in charge of the champs.

Now, Walton isn't just in charge, but flying high. He shepherded the Warriors through a 24-0 start—the best in American pro sports history&md ...

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