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Luke Walton says Lakers' job was an opportunity he couldn't pass up

Luke Walton says Lakers' job was an opportunity he couldn't pass up
latimes.com — Someone played "I Love L.A." very loudly behind closed doors toward the end of the Golden State Warriors' practice. It had everything to do with Luke Walton, the new Lakers coach. He's still an assistant coach with the Warriors through their playoff run but already being tied to the happy-go-lucky song that always symbolizes good times for the Lakers.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin still haven't found title success together

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin still haven't found title success together
latimes.com — Five years. Five entertaining but, always in the end, sobering years. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been teammates since 2011, when David Stern vetoed the Lakers' trade for Paul and verified the Clippers' bid for him. It's been exhilarating, it's been engaging but too often Lob City becomes Sob City.

Luke Walton to be next coach of the Lakers

Luke Walton to be next coach of the Lakers
latimes.com — The coaching search didn't last long, the Lakers hiring one of their own -- Luke Walton. As an assistant coach with Golden State, Walton guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record earlier this season while taking the place of Steve Kerr, who was recovering from back surgery.

Chris Paul's injury is the worst blow as Clippers suffer a blowout

Chris Paul's injury is the worst blow as Clippers suffer a blowout
latimes.com — The seat cushion never had a chance. It bore the wrath of Chris Paul, kicked squarely off the floor and under the Clippers' bench as their one-man engine angrily left Monday's game with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand.

What's next for the Lakers' coaching search?

What's next for the Lakers' coaching search?
latimes.com — The Lakers wanted to ease into their decision on Byron Scott, let the emotions subside from a scarred season before plunging into whether he stayed or left as their coach. But Tom Thibodeau was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Scott Brooks was snapped up by the Washington Wizards and the Lakers realized they needed to act quickly if they wanted to fill a potential coaching vacancy.

Byron Scott will not return as Lakers' coach

Byron Scott will not return as Lakers' coach
latimes.com — Byron Scott will not be back to coach the Lakers after winning 38 games over two seasons, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night. Scott was informed of the decision after the Lakers' minor-league affiliate lost at the team's training facility in El Segundo.

There's still no place like home for the Trail Blazers, as the Clippers are finding out

There's still no place like home for the Trail Blazers, as the Clippers are finding out
latimes.com — Damian Lillard pulled his teammates into an impromptu huddle. It was time. It wasn't an elimination game, but the way he saw it, there were slightly more than two minutes left in the Portland Trail Blazers' season. "Are you all ready to go home?

So, who are these Trail Blazers, and where'd the Clippers go?

So, who are these Trail Blazers, and where'd the Clippers go?
latimes.com — The Clippers couldn't stop Mason Plumlee on Saturday, interrupting their playoff run with two important questions. Who is Mason Plumlee? And if the Clippers can't control him, how could they possibly stop anyone on the Golden State Warriors in a possible playoff matchup?

Byron Scott has done 'exceptional job' as Lakers coach under the circumstances, Mitch Kupchak says

Byron Scott has done 'exceptional job' as Lakers coach under the circumstances, Mitch Kupchak says
latimes.com — Byron Scott's outlook hasn't been dimmed, record-setting lows be damned. He was optimistic Friday when asked if he thought he would return next season as the Lakers' coach. "Yeah. Absolutely," he said Friday. At some point over the next week or two, Scott will have an informal lunch with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Vice President Jim Buss.

Does Byron Scott think he'll return as Lakers coach? 'Yeah. Absolutely'

Does Byron Scott think he'll return as Lakers coach? 'Yeah. Absolutely'
latimes.com — The Lakers set franchise lows for winning percentage in back-to-back years, following up a 21-61 record with a somehow-more-calamitous 17-65 mark this season. It hasn't dimmed Byron Scott's outlook. He was optimistic when asked specifically if he thought he would return next season as the Lakers' coach. "Yeah. Absolutely," he said Friday.
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Apr 30, 2016

Why was "I Love L.A." being played loudly at Golden State's practice today? Luke Walton, of course. latimes.com/sports/lakers/…

Apr 30, 2016

Walton on Clarkson: "He’s another active athlete. He’s constantly in attack mode, which is what you want." Walton likes his work ethic too.

Apr 30, 2016

Walton on Nance Jr.: "You’re going to have superstars that end up on SportsCenter every night but you need guys doing the little things."

Apr 30, 2016

Walton on D'Angelo: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star." Likes how he can score from 3-pt range + the post.

Apr 30, 2016

Walton on Julius Randle: "That kid averaged 10 rebounds a game as pretty much a rookie? That’s insane. This is a grown-man league."

Apr 30, 2016

Luke Walton gave me a few thoughts on four of the Lakers' young players...

Apr 30, 2016

Luke Walton's contract to coach the Lakers will be for five years and about $25 million.

Apr 30, 2016

Luke will run offense more like Golden State, with spacing and motion, he says.

Apr 30, 2016

Walton will not run the triangle offense as the Lakers' coach. It's not the "most appropriate" offense for personnel they have, he said.

Apr 30, 2016

Walton: "I think they have some young, talented players. Obviously you need to mix in some vets. I'm excited about the pieces they have."


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