Watch: Luke Walton goes one-on-one with L.A. Lakers' bigs in training

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What is the secret behind Luke Walton's ability to get the best out of his young L.A. Lakers team?

The former Golden State Warriors assistant has instilled a team spirit and togetherness in the roster that was absent under the reign of Byron Scott, and it has led the team to a 4-4 start.

Jordan Clarkson recently said the team is willing to 'run through walls' for the former Lakers player, who won two titles with Kobe Bryant, and a recent video posted on the team's Twitter page gives in insight into the camaraderie that been developed in such a short space of time.


At 36 years of age, Walton is still able to compete with his players - he is younger than veteran forward Metta World Peace - and battling Tarik Black in the post, he taught the young center a thing or two.

Fighting hard on defence, Walton forced Black to miss a layup, much to the frustration of the former second round pick and the delight of his teammates in the gym.

He then focuses his attentions on Thomas Robinson, trash talking the former lottery pick before the one-on-one began. As Robinson looked to move past his head coach, Walton had his feet set and took the charge.

Julius Randle was next, but he proved too good for Walton, spinning him inside out before putting in the easy layup.

Coaches playing basketball with their players is no too uncommon in the game, but it's a nice insight into how Walton has changed the mentality of the Lakers. All of the players are smiling and enjoying themselves, and that's most of the battle.

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