Luke Walton says he won’t run the triangle as Lakers coach
On Friday night, the Lakers announced that they’re hiring Luke Walton as their next head coach, effective as soon as the Warriors’ playoff run is over. It’s a good hire, but it’s especially interesting given Walton’s close relationship with Phil Jackson and the rumors that never seem to go away, that Jackson might be set up to return to the Lakers to run the team alongside fiancée Jeanie Buss after next season, when he has an opt-out in his contract with the Knicks.
But that doesn’t mean Walton will be running the triangle, as he said in his first comments to reporters since the news broke.
Via the Orange County Register‘s Bill Oram:
Luke: "I don't think the triangles the most appropriate offense for the players that they have down there." Says styles will be more GSW— Bill Oram (@billoram) April 30, 2016
Walton said Lakers execs laid out a comprehensive vision for the organization, including players they want to chase in FA— Bill Oram (@billoram) April 30, 2016
Regardless of whether Jackson eventually gets back in the picture in Los Angeles, Walton has been a successful assistant in Golden State and has the right temperament to lead the Lakers into the post-Kobe era.