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Sports World Reacts to Hiring of Luke Walton
When the Lakers announced their new head coach, Luke Walton, on Friday night, it naturally led to plenty of chatter throughout the NBA.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak expressed his thoughts in a statement, as did Golden State GM Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
"We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career. He's one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he'll be leading the on-court future of our team."
"We are thrilled for Luke. This is a tremendous opportunity for him to return home and serve as head coach for one of the most storied franchises in sports. Luke has done an incredible job during his two-year stint with our team and has played a significant role in our success, including last year’s championship and again this season under some very unique circumstances. We are certainly going to miss Luke after we conclude our playoff run this season, but we wish him the very best with the Lakers.”
“I’m incredibly happy for Luke. As we witnessed earlier this season, he has all of the intangibles necessary to be an outstanding head coach in this league, including a terrific understanding of the game (and) the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. He’s certainly ready for this opportunity and I’m confident he’ll do a great job with the Lakers once our season is complete.”
Others took to social media to express their thoughts on Walton's hiring. From Lakers Owners Jeanie and Joey Buss to Walton's father, Bill, there was plenty of reaction to the announcement of the franchise's 26th head coach.
Luke!!!! I remember hiring him almost 3 years ago for @DFenders! Love him!— Joey Buss (@Jbuss) April 30, 2016
Luke Walton the new @Lakers head coach!! That's awesome!! So fired up for Luke! He will do an outstanding job!!— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 30, 2016
Welcome back, coach! pic.twitter.com/iZ6Y0ri36Z— L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders) April 30, 2016
Outstanding hire by Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak to name Luke Walton as the next @Lakers coach!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 30, 2016
Luke Walton was a champion as a player and an asst. coach and he will bring that championship mindset & attitude to the @Lakers organization— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 30, 2016
Who would have ever thought that little Luke Walton would be the head coach of the Lakers, so happy for him pic.twitter.com/DjBQA4jnYe— Bill Walton (@BillWalton) April 30, 2016