On To The Next One: Luke Walton
Per a series of Tweets by Shams Charania and Russell Wilde Jr, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton has signed a coaching representation agreement with Wasserman Media Group. He was previously with Tandem Sports.
Walton began his coaching career after his 10-year playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. His first coaching experience was with the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA Lockout. When the lockout ended, he continued his playing career until is retirement after the 2013 season. He was then hired as a player development coach by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He became an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors in July of 2014.
In October 2015, Walton was appointed the Warriors interim head coach while Steve Kerr took a leave of absence to rehab a lingering back injury. Although being named the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for October and November, and he led the Warriors to a 39-4 record (second-best start in league history) the wins will be officially credited to Kerr as he is still the head coach. Kerr returned to his role full-time on January 22, 2016.
With Walton’s immediate success as a head coach, leading arguably one of the league’s most talented teams to a historic start, look for him to be a head coaching candidate for teams with vacancies in the offseason.