Feb 6, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luke Walton (4) and point guard Shaun Livingston (14) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Luke Walton To Join Golden State Warriors As Assistant

Steve Kerr now has help in designing the Triangle Offense.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Golden State Warriors are finalizing an agreement with Luke Walton to become an assistant coach with the team. Wojnarowski reported on Monday night that talks were ongoing between Walton and the Warriors.

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.

It’s easy to see why Kerr believes Walton would be a good fit 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 is not a shock to see Walton come aboard as an assistant with the Warriors.

With this hire, Kerr’s staff now consists of Walton, associate coach Alvin Gentry, and assistant Ron Adams.

 

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