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Lakers hire Luke Walton as next head coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers have found their next head coach after agreeing to a multi-year contract with Luke Walton on Friday. 

“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said Kupchak. “He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team.”

Walton had been serving as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for the last three seasons. He had stepped in as the interim head coach for the first four months of this season while Steve Kerr was still recovering from complications from two offseason back surgeries.

In Kerr’s place, Walton guided the Warriors to an NBA record 24-0 start and a 39-4 mark, which is also the best mark in league history through the first 43 games of a regular season.

The 36-year-old will be the 26th head coach in franchise history and the 22nd in the Los Angeles era. Walton played 10 years in the NBA averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He spent his first nine seasons with the Lakers and was a member of championship teams in 2009 and 2010.

Walton will begin his coaching duties with Los Angeles once the Warriors’ season concludes. Golden State is currently awaiting the winner of the first-round playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers. 

The move comes less than a week after the team made the decision last Sunday to move on from head coach Byron Scott by declining his team option for the 2016-17 season

Scott spent just two years with the Lakers recording just 38 wins over that span in what were the worst campaigns in team history. Los Angeles is coming off a season where they finished with the second-worst record in the league at 17-65, which also set a new franchise-worst mark for most losses in a single season.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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