Kings coach Luke Walton responds to idea that anyone can coach Warriors, says ‘it’s not an easy job to do’
Luke Walton weighed on the notion that anyone can coach the Golden State Warriors and have a lot of success doing so because of having a heavily talented roster.
Walton, who was once tasked to handle the Warriors as interim coach, said that coaching the Warriors is not an easy job to do. While the roster is oozing with talent as it is bannered by a starting lineup of five current and former All-Stars, the young head coach insisted that it takes a lot of talent to handle a team like the Warriors.
“What Steve did was absolutely incredible. He took a talented team and got everyone to sacrifice and play for one another,” Walton said via Sean Cunningham of ABC10 Sacramento. “And when you’re talking about a game that so much relies on individual talent, that is not an easy job to do.”
Making a good first impression with new Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton by asking him something I hear people say all the time about coaching that talented, championship Warriors team in Oakland. His response … 🤣 pic.twitter.com/zX4cSMxgXZ
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) April 16, 2019
Walton had a first-hand experience coaching the Warriors during the 2015-16 NBA season when Kerr took a leave due to an ailing back. He led the Warriors to a 24-0 start, and ended his stint as interim head coach with a 39-4 record. The Warriors eventually ended the season with a 73-9 record, the best record in NBA history.
Following his stint with the Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers named Walton as their new head coach, replacing Byron Scott. His tenure with the Lakers ended after the 2018-19 NBA regular season after failing to make the playoffs.
Despite his 98-148 card as head coach of the Lakers in three seasons, Walton did not go jobless for long. The Sacramento Kings fired Dave Joerger and named the 39-year-old as their new head coach, signing a four-year contract with the franchise.