Ex-NBA guard-turned-coach Steve Kerr silenced all his critics in 2015, when he turned out to be just the right kind of coach for the Golden State Warriors, as he led the team all the way to the NBA finals, before winning the NBA title.
A recent announcement however said that another Ex-NBA player Luke Walton, who was previously the Warriors’ assistant coach, will take Steve Kerr’s place.
Kerr has taken an indefinite leave of absence, after two off-season back surgeries. Without him, only time will tell what Walton can bring up to the table. The Warriors’ announcement made Walton the youngest head coach in the NBA.
“At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact timeframe. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”
The Warriors are scheduled to have their first NBA regular season game Oct. 27, with Walton coaching them.
Walton got the head job just two years after retiring as a player. He previously worked with the LA Lakers D-League affiliate team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders as a player development coach, as well as Lakers’ analyst on Time Warner Cable Sports Network.
Walton played 11 years in the NBA with LA Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. He helped the Lakers win back-to-back NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. He averaged career high 11.4 ppg and 5.0 rpg for LA Lakers in 2006-07 season. Career wise, Walton played a total of 564 NBA games (138 started), averaging 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Walton is now under certain pressure as he’s the youngest coach in the NBA – with the championship team on his hands. Hopefully, he has learned just enough from Steve Kerr to keep the team afloat for a while.
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