Was Luke Walton the best hire for the Lakers?

With the announcement that Luke Walton will become the next Lakers coach, we asked our writers for their thoughts on how Walton will fit with his new team, how the move will impact the Warriors and more. NBA experts Marc Stein, Henry Abbott, Ethan Strauss, J.A. Adande and Amin Elhassan go 5-on-5.


1. Was Walton the best possible hire for the Lakers?

Henry Abbott, ESPN.com: The list of available coaches won’t knock your socks off. But in an environment such as this, the Celtics unearthed Brad Stevens a few years ago. Luke Walton, who is very green in coaching terms, hardly seems like a “shut down the search after one interview” kind of candidate.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN.com: I think so, especially given the Lakers’ desire for a hire with strong ties to Lakerdom. Walton can grow with a younger roster and will likely lead with more patience than a crotchety veteran coach such as Byron Scott. In fact, the hope is he’s the antidote to Scott’s style of leadership.

J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: It’s tough to call a coach who doesn’t officially

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