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Orange County Register

Miller: Nothing is guaranteed for Lakers, new coach Luke Walton as they set their sights on 'joy'

When Luke Walton on Tuesday said he had accepted his “dream job,” I’m assuming he meant coaching the Lakers. By now, I’m sure Walton has figured out that instead he’ll be coaching a team that won 17 games last season. Purple and gold still...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors GM Bob Myers looks at Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli

The Warriors may match any opponent’s offer sheet to restricted free agents Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, if the franchise chooses to favor the players’ track records over their most recent showings. Ezeli, 26, posted career-high averages in scoring (seven points), field-goal percentage (54.8), rebounding (5.6) and blocked shots (1.1) and was voted the Warriors’ best teammate in 2015-16. Warriors lead assistant Luke Walton officially took his new post as the Lakers’ head man Tuesday, and player-development coach Chris DeMarco is expected to join him in Los Angeles. Jeff...

Orange County Register

Luke Walton introduced as Lakers head coach, says 'future looks bright' for his 'dream job'

EL SEGUNDO – The raw frustration from Sunday’s loss in the NBA Finals could not dilute Luke Walton’s enthusiasm. Nor could the potentially challenging rebuilding process that awaits him as the Lakers’ new head coach. After all, the Lakers...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors’ Walton stays true before swan song

Just like they have before every game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and lead assistant coach Luke Walton did hot yoga Sunday morning ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. “I think a lot of people - if a team would have allowed what the Lakers have with Luke in the playoffs - they would have been more fixated on their next team than on this team,” Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams said.

San Francisco Chronicle

Long, frustrating walk preps for Warriors for Game 7

By the time he reached his locker room cubby, there was less than a minute on the clock, and Curry’s mind finally found clarity. The NBA Finals shifts from a best-of-seven series to a winner-take-all Game 7 at 5 p.m. Sunday at Oracle Arena. Thirty-three teams have had 3-1 leads in the championship series, and the first 32 have gone on to win. Cleveland is the third team to face such a deficit to force a Game 7, joining the 1951 New York Knicks and 1966 Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors are 98-8 (.925) in the regular season and playoffs at home under head coach Steve Kerr. “If you...

San Jose Mercury News

Kawakami: Warriors can clinch title, even without Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr remembers when the 1980 Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title without injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, thanks to Magic Johnson.

Los Angeles Times

Trivial pursuits: Name the Lakers fan who co-wrote the Monkees movie

Random thoughts, while looking for a breakfast wine that pairs well with stickball and sarcasm: Trayce Thompson could hit the crunch off a bowl of Wheaties. Heard it here first: Pete Carroll will be the next Rams coach. Telecasts without Vin Scully will be like vodka without vermouth. If Justin...

Oakland Tribune

NBA Finals: Before he goes to Lakers, Luke Walton wants a ring and something more

Coach who presided over Warriors' 39-4 start as Steve Kerr's interim intends to soak up all the knowledge he can

New York Post

Don’t read into Hornacek hiring, Phil on Knicks ‘mission’: fiancée

Phil Jackson’s shocking hiring of a non-triangle coach in Jeff Hornacek has not changed the Knicks president’s five-year commitment to the club, according to his fiancée. Lakers president Jeanie Buss reiterated Jackson is in it for the long haul in New York, despite speculation he could join the Lakers next season when Los Angeles could...

Byron Scott Got Caught In Fandom Of Kobe Bryant Vs. LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott admits even he was a fan at times watching Kobe Bryant vs LeBron James matchup for the final time, but he doesn't consider it a rivalry. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World!

Byron Scott On 'Tough Love' Approach, Final Kobe Vs. LeBron Matchup

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott evaluating D'Angelo Russell and the final matchup between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World!

Minute Update: 3/7

Peyton Manning announces his retirement, the Lakers stun the top seeded Warriors and Illinois hires Lovie Smith as their new head coach.