A new era has begun for the Los Angeles Lakers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Luke Walton has started rebuilding the team. Now that the Golden State Warriors have lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, the former 6-foot, 8-inch forward can now begin his job as the new head coach of the Lakers. He is being tasked with taking a young team and making them championship contenders.
Luke Walton wisely won over a lot of Los Angeles Lakers fans by noting his history with the storied franchise. The former Arizona Wildcats star was drafted by the Lakers. Walton also played close to a decade with the team. During his time in Los Angeles, Walton won NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010.
In addition to his history with the Los Angeles Lakers, much of the fanbase was already won over because of his recent accomplishments as a coach. Over the past two seasons, Walton has played an important part of the success of the Golden State Warriors as the associate head coach. Walton proved that he could guide the team while Steve Kerr needed time to heal from surgery.
The Los Angeles Lakers can also speed up their rebuilding process through free agency. According to Luke Walton, the team has around $60 to $70 million to spend. With Walton now being the head coach of the Lakers, that might help draw in a couple of guys that could be added to the rotation right away.
Another thing that helps the Los Angeles Lakers is that they have the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Depending on who the Philadelphia 76ers decide to choose, the Lakers will more than likely end up with either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. Both guys have potential to be game changers on the professional level.
Without Kobe Bryant around, the Los Angeles Lakers will now play in an up tempo system. That was something that Luke Walton made sure to mention in his introductory press conference with the Lakers. It’s a style of play that helps NBA teams sell a lot of tickets. That’s something Los Angeles likes to do.
An uptempo system might prove to be quite beneficial to the Los Angeles Lakers. Guys like D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle are of the new generation. Younger guys want to run as much as they can. They also want to shoot as much as they can. Luke Walton might cater to those desires with his new offensive system.
No one knows how well Luke Walton will do as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA games are not played on paper. However, Walton is a very brilliant basketball mind. He has a very good chance at turning things around for the Lakers. At the very least, fans in Los Angeles are enthusiastic about the upcoming season.
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