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Alvin Gentry believes Luke Walton deserves more credit for his stint as interim head coach

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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton appears to be a man in high demand following his stint at the forefront of their coaching team in the absence of Steve Kerr during the first half of the season.

With Kerr out for four months to rehabilitate his back issue, the former L.A. Lakers player took charge of the Dubs as they made a strong start to their title defence.

Under Walton's tutelage, the Warriors got off to a 39-4 start, including an NBA record 24-0, before their head coach returned to take control on January 22. 

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Despite the record books placing Walton's coaching career at 0-0 - with all of his wins going to Kerr - his impressive spell with the Warriors has alerted a number of the NBA's struggling franchises. None more so than the New York Knicks. 

The former forward has been heavily linked with a move to the Big Apple to join up with his former coach at the Lakers Phil Jackson, although, his father has insisted the best place for him is with the Warriors. 

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But regardless of what the future holds for Walton, a former Golden State member of staff believes he should be given much more credit for the job he did in the absence of the 2015 Championship-winning Kerr.

Alvin Gentry, who spent a season as associate head coach in the Bay, believes he did a fantastic job of dealing with a number of factors in the early stages of this season.

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As per the NY Post, the New Orleans Pelicans head coach said: “The first thing I’ll say, it pissed me off for everybody to say that team can coach itself. Because everybody in the NBA knows, no one has a team that can coach itself.

“Luke did an unbelievable job of managing egos, of rotations he played. Everything that happened there, he pushed the right buttons, so I was disappointed when people said anybody can coach that team.

"That’s not true at all. He has an unbelievable understanding of the game. [He] stayed in the league for a long time because of the basketball IQ he has. He gets along great with players. He’s going to be a terrific coach in the league – I really do think that.”


Walton's concentration right now is firmly on gaining his second championship ring as a coach and fourth in his career. 

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The Warriors are one of the favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy after their incredible campaign that sees them within touching distance of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season finish.

If the Dubs are able to win seven of their remaining nine games to eclipse the record, then cap it off with a Finals victory, much of the praise - while unofficial - will go to the 36-year-old.

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