After a riveting finish to the NBA season it’s time for one of the most important off-seasons in Laker history. The Golden State Warriors lost in meltdown fashion to the Cleveland Cavaliers thus ending a 52 year city wide drought of championships. Why is this significant for for us Laker fans? Luke Walton is officially the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers will formally introduce Luke Walton tomorrow at 3pm during a press conference.
Luke Walton will be officially introduced as Lakers head coach at a 3pm PT press conference Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/P3Hakadf0A
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 20, 2016
Walton was officially hired on April 29 less than 5 days after Byron Scott was not retained.
Lakers have agreed to terms with Luke Walton to be their next head coach, according to team sources.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) April 30, 2016
Scott was not retained April 24th per Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
The Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Byron Scott, league sources tell @TheVertical
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 25, 2016
The interview process was remarkably short, but it was clear that Walton was their number 1 candidate. The Lakers moved quickly and locked up Luke Walton the same day as their interview. Luke stated that he would like to stay with the Warriors through the playoffs. Many Laker fans waited patiently for the Prodigal son to return. After last night the wait was over.
During this time one main issue was the fact that the Lakers were able to keep their number 2 pick thus working out the top players in the draft was something he was going to need to depend on an assistant. His first choice was Brian Shaw and after some speculation Shaw confirmed that he would be joining the staff on May 25th per Guy Haberman of @957TheGame:
Brian Shaw on the show "It's true (I am joining Lakers coaching staff) at this point just finalizing the last details of the contract."
— Guy Haberman (@GuyHaberman) May 25, 2016
Also hired as a solid player development coach, was Jesse Murmuys formerly of the Raptors 905 D-League team:
Many Raptor fans attributed him for the development of Norman Powell who turned out to be a solid player off the bench during the Toronto raptors run in the playoffs. More staff will clearly need to be hired to fill out the available spots, but it seems more and more that the team and Luke are on the right track.