Last weekend, the Lakers announced that they parted ways with Byron Scott as the head coach of the franchise after two disappointing seasons. On Friday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers announced their next head coach after the Kobe Bryant era.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
“We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said Kupchak. “He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team.”
Walton, 36, will be the 26th coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Walton once played in Los Angeles with the Lakers in a few championship runs. He averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 564 regular season games with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Originally selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was a member of championship teams with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.