Steve Kerr Returns To Coach Warriors Tonight Vs. Pacers: Luke Walton To Lakers Next?
Rick Chandler 04:16 pm, January 22nd, 2016
Forget Kobe Bryant: Even though Byron Scott has two years remaining on a four-year, $17 million contract he signed as head coach of the Lakers in 2014, this could be a farewell tour for him as well. That's because Steve Kerr is returning to the bench tonight as head coach of the Warriors, making Luke Walton the hottest coaching commodity ever.
When's the last time a coach with a .907 winning percentage was replaced halfway through the season?
Kerr, who missed the first half of the season recovering from two back surgeries, is back tonight when the Warriors meet the Pacers in Oakland. That means he'll also be at the helm when Golden State welcomes San Antonio on Monday (7:30 p.m., PT -- no national TV).
And with that, Walton completes the most successful interim coaching stint in the history of pro sports -- leading Golden State to a 39-4 record, 19-0 at home, which included an NBA-record 24-0 record to start the season. His official NBA record, however, is 0-0, while Kerr's has improved to 106-19.
Think that the lowly Lakers wouldn't love to bring prodigal son Walton back into the fold? No one has a more impressive, battle-tested resume -- and they'd no doubt love to adapt the Warriors' system.
The Warriors' Draymond Green, to Yahoo Sports:
"Now I have to enjoy the next four-and-a-half months with [Walton] because I know that every GM is going to be beating his door down at season's end."
Shouldn't the Nets just offer Luke Walton their coaching job . . . now?