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Warriors trick Luke Walton into believing Lakers lost first-round pick

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DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13: Interim head coach Luke Walton of the Golden State Warriors leads his team against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Luke Walton will take over the Lakers after the Warriors’ season, so he – unlike the rest of his current organization – had a lot riding on last night’s lottery.

Would the Lakers land a top-two pick, allowing him to coach Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? Or would they fall out of the top three, convey their pick to the 76ers and make Walton’s prospects much more dire?

Fortunately for Walton, the Lakers drew the No. 2 pick.

So, he could breathe easy, right?

Not immediately.

Bill Oram of The Orange County Register:

C’mon, man! The Warriors are down 1-0 to the Thunder. Doesn’t Walton already have enough on his mind?

Also, remember when some criticized the Lakers for allowing a culture where D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young engaged in a prank war? Good teams do this, too. They just don’t record the most devastating elements and post them online.