Luke Walton and Steve Kerr.

Golden State Warriors happy for Luke Walton to interview for other jobs

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The excitement around Luke Walton has been building ever since he led the Golden State Warriors to a 39-4 start to the season and an NBA-best 24-0 run to open the campaign. 

With the season over for 14 teams, a lot of them are making preparations for 2016-17, for a number of organisations, those plans include installing a new head coach, and Walton's name has been doing the rounds. 

The New York Knicks have been the franchise most heavily linked with the Warriors' assistant coach but there are sure to be a number of organisations keen on interviewing the 36-year-old.

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Knicks president Phil Jackson is familiar with Walton having coached him at the L.A. Lakers but recently said he believes the former forward will remain with Steve Kerr in the Bay. 

The Warriors are in the midst of trying to reclaim their crown as champions and currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in their first-round series. 

With their sights set firmly on repeating the achievements of 2015, there has not been much time to think about the future of Walton in Oakland. However, Kerr recently said he would never stand in the way of his assistant interviewing for a job. 

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As per the Associated Press, Kerr said: "Friendships sometimes dictate conversation and there was some of that, but nothing to do with the job. He will always have permission. 

"We will never hold anybody back from interviewing for a position they're interested in, but the timing has to be right and Luke's kind of busy right now."


Look in any record books and nowhere in Golden State's run to 73-9 this season will Walton be given credit for his work. In fact, all of his wins were credited to the head coach, but that has not diminished the work he did during Kerr's layoff.

Despite boasting the best roster in the NBA, Walton's ability to come up with inventive plays following timeouts and keep his superstar names focused has made him the most sought-after assistant in the land. 

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While his record as a coach stands at 0-0, he is still in contention to be named Coach of the Year - an award that will likely end up in the hands of Kerr or San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. 

The former Laker will be focused on winning his second ring as a coach come June, but following the end of the season, the focus will switch to where his future lies. 

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