The Los Angeles Lakers, coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 record last season are already making progress under the NBA’s youngest head coach in Luke Walton. 36-year-old Luke Walton is working with players not much younger than him, but has received strong praise and respect from his younger players.
The Lakers have dealt with its struggles on the court this season, but earned its 12th win of the season on Christmas Day over the Los Angeles Clippers. It took until the end of February last season for the Lakers to reach its 11th win.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was very complimentary of this young Lakers squad passion on the court this season.
“They’re fun to watch,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “They really are. They move the ball. They get the ball up the floor. They attack. They’re playing with more freedom. They’re playing with more joy, quite honestly”
Walton has not been used to losing much the last few seasons coming from the Golden State Warriors coaching staff, but he understands he must be the patient with his Lakers team. Nobody likes losing, but Walton knows its beneficial for his team in the long run. “It’s hard to lose, but it’s important for us,” said Walton.
The Lakers must continue to focus the development of its roster around the core of lottery picks Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. Results may not come immediately, but the foundation is in place for the Lakers to return to playoff contention in the near future.