Warriors’ Luke Walton replaces Byron Scott as Lakers head coach

Warriors’ Luke Walton replaces Byron Scott as Lakers head coach

Highlight: For the 2016-17 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers will be headed by Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton. The official announcement was made by the team on Saturday, April 30.

The 36-year-old newly-minted head coach will begin his duties for the purple and gold team after the current season.

The Warriors have just moved on to the second round and are awaiting their next opponent between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Walton will replace former Lakers head coach Byron Scott, who led the team to its worst outing yet, with a 17-65 record in the 2015-16 season.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is looking forward to the latest addition to their team, saying that he is “excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career."

Kupchak added: "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 the team.” 

Walton won two NBA championships with the Lakers during his 10-season stint as a forward in the NBA.

Earlier this season, he steered the Golden State towards an astonishing 39-4 record as an interim head coach, substituting for Steve Kerr who was rehabilitating form a back injury.

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