So far, Steve Kerr has put together a very strong coaching staff to guide him through his first NBA season with the Golden State Warriors, but he’s not done yet.
After hiring Alvin Gentry as an associate head coach and Ron Adams as an assistant, Kerr wants Luke Walton on his staff as well, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Walton, a 10-year NBA veteran who spent a majority of his career with the Lakers, is currently a TV analyst and a development coach in the D-League. He received consideration for the Knicks’ head coaching job before Derek Fisher was hired. However, in this interview on June 10, Walton said that he would “absolutely” consider joining Fisher’s coaching staff in New York.
It’s easy to see why Kerr would pursue Walton to join the Warriors’ staff. Walton, who retired in 2013, spent nine seasons with the Lakers and likely has an in-depth understanding of Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense – the same offense that Jackson ran with the Bulls during Kerr’s playing days. Walton could definitely help Kerr in orchestrating such an offense in Golden State, and although Kerr said that he won’t replicate the Bulls’ offense of the 90s because the NBA has changed, his offense will “be influenced by the Triangle.”
Walton, the son of NBA legend Bill Walton, was a role player the majority of his career, but he did win two championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. With the influx of coaches who have little to no experience being hired by NBA teams, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Walton come aboard as an assistant with the Warriors.