Luke Walton has a new job a day after being fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Walton spent three seasons as the helm of the Lakers and even though the team saw its best finish of that stretch last season, it's hard to consider the organization's campaign a success given the expectations after the arrival of LeBron James. Despite having LeBron James this season, the Lakers still went 37-45, missing the playoffs.
Former Cleveland head coach and Raytown star Tyronn Lue is apparently the front runner for the position Of course he's taken the Cavs to three straight National Basketball Association finals and a championship in 2016. Walton stepped in as Golden State's interim coach when Kerr was sidelined by health issues to start the 2015-16 season, and he led the Warriors to a 24-0 start and a 39-4 record before Kerr returned to the bench. "He was dependent on circumstances just like all of us".
The team did not make the playoffs in any of the three seasons. "They did everything right, I'll say that". And while it may seem like the job is already down to two people, there could always be the sleeper pick, late-fire option that the Lakers consider.
Of concern, however, is Walton's ability to develop players. As the Kings are not the most stable franchise in the league, the hope is Walton gets enough time to develop their young core.
He certainly has coached some of the game's biggest stars and egos.
The 47-year-old Williams appears to be a hot commodity this year in coaching searches, as he was also a rumored target for the new Kings coach opening.