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Luke Walton joins the Kings after spending the previous three seasons as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Under Walton, the Lakers improved each season and his fast-paced offense ranked amongst the top in the league. In 2016-17, the Lakers improved from a franchise-worst record by nine games, finishing the season 26-56. In the following years, the Lakers continued to improve, posting records of 35-47 in 2017-18 and 37-45 in 2018-19. Walton has been praised by his players and across the league for his ability to develop young players and improve their skills.
Before joining the Lakers, Walton was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016. During his time with the team, they appeared in consecutive NBA Finals and won the NBA Championship in 2015. He received Western Conference Coach of the Month honors (November 2015) after serving as interim head coach in Steve Kerr’s absence and leading the Warriors to a 39-4 start for the 2015-16 season, including winning the first 24 games, an NBA record. Prior to joining the Warriors coaching ranks, he served as a player development coach for the Lakers G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, in the 2013-14 season. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA lockout.
Walton’s decade-long NBA playing career with the Lakers (2003-12) and Cleveland Cavilers (2012-13) spanned 564 regular season games averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The San Diego native was selected 32nd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Lakers, where he made seven postseason appearances and was a member of back-to-back NBA Championship teams in 2009 and 2010.
Walton played at Arizona for Hall-of-Fame coach Lute Olson, whom he attributes as a great influence in his life and as a coach. Walton left Arizona and the Pac-10 as one of only three players in conference history to tally 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists. He was named an All-Pac-10 performer twice in his four-year career (1999-2003), and was a Wooden Award Finalist as a senior. His best statistical season came as a junior, where he posted averages of 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, earning his selection to four All-America teams, including being one of 10 players to receive John R. Wooden Award All-American honors.
Walton’s father, Bill, is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. The father/son duo are one of two pairs in NBA history to both win multiple NBA titles (Mychal and Klay Thompson). Walton’s three brothers; Nate, Adam, and Chris all played basketball in college, and he cites his mother Susie as the person he most admires for raising four boys.
Walton and his wife Bre, who he met at Arizona where she was a standout volleyball player, are the parents of son Lawson and daughter Landen.
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