Monday, May 2, 2016

Luke Walton Hired As Head Coach Of Lakers

(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Luke Walton has agreed to be the Los Angeles Lakers’ new head coach, with the sides agreeing to a multiyear deal. Walton has been serving as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors, who granted him permission to interview with the Lakers after their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Houston Rockets concluded Wednesday.

A source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Walton was the Lakers’ first choice and the only candidate they interviewed. They had other meetings lined up but canceled them after Thursday’s interview with Walton in Oakland, California.

The 36-year-old had become a hot coaching commodity after ‎posting a 39-4 record — including a record 24-0 start — as the Warriors’ interim coach this season while Kerr was recovering from complications stemming from two offseason back surgeries.