Lakers get their man in Luke Walton, but do they know who they’re getting?

The Los Angeles Lakers did the what the NBA world expected Friday and announced that Luke Walton will take over as their head coach once the Golden State Warrior’ season comes to an end. It’s a feel-good story that, quite soon, will give way to reality, whatever that turns out to be.

The celebration in Los Angeles, inside and outside the Lakers organization, will be robust. Walton was drafted by and spent much of his career with the Lakers, an organization and city that prides itself on believing its history and special culture make such connectedness not just important but pivotal.

And, of course, Walton stepped in for Steve Kerr at the start of the season as the interim Warriors head coach and led the defending champions to a 39-4 record and that remarkable 24-0 start.

He is likable, respected, humble and widely believed to have a bright future.

That’s all well and good.

Here’s another fact: There is very little to actually go on in assessing exactly what kind of head coach Luke Walton is most likely to evolve into.

This is no slam dunk. The Warriors, entering this season, boasted the soon-to-be best player on earth (Steph Curry), perhaps the second-best shooter in the NBA (Klay Thompson), one of the league’s two or three best defenders (Draymond Green), remarkable depth and a championship

Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25572190/lakers-get-their-man-in-luke-walton-but-do-they-know-who-theyre-getting

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