Luke Walton calls Lakers’ OT loss to Knicks a great experience
Los Angeles Lakers fans certainly call their team’s 113-109 overtime loss to the New York Knicks Tuesday a big letdown. For Lakers head coach Luke Walton, he’s got a completely different way of describing the setback, saying that the loss was a great experience, according to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.
Luke Walton after Lakers overtime loss: "It was a great experience for a lot of our young guys, even though you look in the locker room, they’re sick, it hurts, which is what it should be like."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 13, 2017
Obviously, this was just Walton looking at the glass half-full. The loss hurts for the Lakers, who failed to extend their win streak to three games and saw their record drop to 10-16. Having played 11 seasons in the NBA, Walton surely knows the feeling of losing despite two NBA titles under his belt.
Walton only hopes his young players learn from this loss. (The core of the Lakers’ roster is relatively young. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are both rookies, while Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson are all below 26.) Among the lessons the Lakers might have picked up from their trip to the Big Apple was how to defend better in the paint. The Knicks scored 50 points in the shaded area.
The Lakers need to have a short memory, however, and forget about their bitter loss to the Knicks, as continue their road trip this Thursday against the scorching Cleveland Cavaliers.