The L.A. Lakers earlier confirmed Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton will assume the role as head coach at the Staples Center after the Dubs' playoff campaign ends.
The future of Walton has been a big talking point since he led the Warriors to a 39-4 start to the campaign in the absence of Steve Kerr.
The 36-year-old has spent two seasons under the tutelage of Kerr and clearly believes he is ready to take the first steps to forging his own career as a head coach. It is the second postseason in a row where the Warriors have seen one of their assistants take on a role as head coach elsewhere.
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Following the news that Walton would return to the purple and gold and take charge of the franchise where he won two rings as a player, Kerr was full of nothing but praise for the former forward.
As per the Star Tribune, the Warriors head coach said: "I'm incredibly happy for Luke. As we witnessed earlier this season, he has all of the intangibles necessary to be an outstanding head coach in this league.
"Including a terrific understanding of the game the ability to communicate with a wide range of people. He's certainly ready for this opportunity and I'm confident he'll do a great job with the Lakers once our season is complete."
Walton could depart the Bay with two championship rings as an assistant. The Warriors face the Portland Trail Blazers in the conference semi-finals and are still favourites to advance despite the absence of Stephen Curry.