Luke Walton will assume his position as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the Golden State Warriors' playoff run.
Despite the current assistant having his mind focused on helping the Warriors go back-to-back, he has allowed himself to think sparingly about what the future holds for the purple and gold.
Having won two championships as a player with the Lakers, it is going to be an emotional return for the former forward, and he admitted he was excited about what the future holds for the franchise.
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While admitting it was a difficult decision to leave the Bay, the 36-year-old told the assembled press: “I think they have some good, young, talented players.
“Obviously, you need to mix in some good vets with that to not only win but to have players on the court that can help the young players grow. I’m excited about the players and the pieces there.”
Those young players; D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, had Kobe Bryant to guide them last season.
However, with the Black Mamba now enjoying retirement, the focus switches heavily onto how the young guys can lead the Lakers out of the doldrums.
With a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, Los Angeles will have another exciting talent to call upon next season, and free agency will prove key to providing the experience Walton spoke about.
The aforementioned trio showed they have the talent last year, but a combination of development, coaching and guidance will help them make the Lakers competitive once more.