The L.A. Lakers kick off preseason tonight against Pacific Division rivals the Sacramento Kings at the Honda Center and there is an air of intrigue surrounding the Purple and Gold with Luke Walton set to take his first-ever game as head coach.
Well, a full-time one, anyway. Of course, Walton filled in for Steve Kerr for the first part of last season and led the Golden State Warriors to a record-breaking 24-0 start.
Now he is tasked with revitalising one of the most decorated franchises of all-time from their darkest period in recent memory.
However, he still doesn't know his starting five.
“I don’t know,” Walton said Monday when asked to name his starting unit. “We’ll figure it out before game time.”
When asked if Julius Randle was the favourite to start at power forward as opposed to Larry Nance Jr, Walton admitted that there are frontrunners for certain positions, but nothing is set in stone.
“We don’t know our starters yet,” he said. “We’ll figure it out later today. It’s open. I have an idea of who the frontrunners are, but we haven’t really sat down to make the final decision on that yet.”
The Lakers are sure to be an exciting unit at the very least and this should be the fresh start they desperately needed.