Luke Walton, the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, is reportedly the Los Angeles Lakers’ No.1 choice to take over the vacant head coaching position. However, it seems like Walton isn’t thinking that far ahead.
While the Lakers have received permission from the San Antonio Spurs to interview assistant Ettore Messina, they are yet to contact the Warriors about Walton. And that’s because Walton isn’t willing to be distracted from the job at hand – helping the Warriors repeat as NBA champions.
When asked about the Lakers job, Walton said Tuesday: “All I’m worried about is the playoffs right now.” Walton also shot down the possibility of taking charge of the Sacramento Kings. “Nice, it’s nice of them,” the former Laker quipped when told that he was among coaches being mentioned for the job opening in Sacramento.
Luke Walton gets coach of the year votes…
Walton was speaking to reporters during the Coach of the Year press conference for Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Walton, who began the season with a record start of 24-0 while serving as interim head coach, finished ninth in the final voting with one second-place and two third-place votes.
“I love my job here (in Oakland),” said Walton, son of NBA legend Bill Walton. “I absolutely love it. I love the playoff battles that we’re in right now. We’ve got prep work to do. Every bit of focus right now should be on the playoffs. So any questions I’m asked about anything else is a distraction in my opinion, and then I’m being selfish. So I’m not answering anything about anything except for our team and the playoffs,” added Walton, who has also been linked with the New York Knicks.
Will Luke Walton get away from Oakland and undertake his first head coaching assignment? According to former teammate Kobe Bryant, Walton is the “next Zen Master”.