After stepping up in the absence of Steve Kerr at the beginning of the season to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 record, assistant coach Luke Walton saw his stock rise dramatically.
So much so that the former Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers forward is now one of the most sought after candidates for a number of head coaching roles across the leagues.
The New York Knicks are believed to be amongst those keen on hiring the 35-year-old away from Golden State come the summer. According to his Hall of Famer father Bill, however, Walton should spurn the famous franchise's likely advances and stick right where he is.
Article continues below
"I want what’s best for Luke Walton,” said the two-time NBA champion during an appearance on ESPN's First Take.
“I’m a warrior of the Golden State. It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again. It’s there now. Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason, and what he’s got, just stay there.”
Having already helped the Dubs to one NBA title, Walton has played a huge part in the reigning champions' potentially historic campaign in 2015-16. Leaving all of that behind to take on a transitional project in NYC, or another city, is a gamble his father doesn't feel is worth it:
"It doesn’t ever get any better than what he’s doing right now,” Bill continued. “When you’re 63 [years old], you know that. When you’re 35, 36, you’re saying, ‘Oh, this is just going to last forever.’
"But then that inevitable crash, that inevitable fall. And then what Steph Curry is doing right now, money cannot buy that."
It remains to be seen whether Luke Walton is happy to play a supporting role to Steve Kerr at Golden State, or whether, after this season, he seizes one of the opportunities that will inevitably come his way.
What is clear, though, is that, if it were up to his old man, Luke would be staying right where he is and enjoying the ride.