Luke Walton probably won’t have every person on his wish list to join him in the Lakers bench, but it seems the new Purple and Gold head coach is enjoying every second of it.
After Richard Jefferson “unretired” in Cleveland’s championship parade, Walton liked the idea of having Kobe Bryant come over and be his assistant. If need be, the 30th pick of the 2003 draft is willing to shoulder some of the expenses for that scenario to become a possibility.
“If Kobe would love to work and come be my assistant, I would love to boss him around,” Walton quipped in his baritone voice. “He bossed me around for so many years I’d even pay a little extra to be his boss but picturing Kobe as an assistant coach I can’t really see.”
Walton’s sense of humor is already a breathe of fresh air for the Lakers but I guess not having his top choice/s for the assistant coaching spots on the Lakers bench could set him back a little bit. Even then, there are still reasons for optimism in Tinseltown especially having the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft and a lot of money to spend in free agency.
They have their work cut out for them, naturally, but having known Walton as a champion and a player’s coach, he’ll likely be more appealing to free agents than the coaches in years past.