The Tutelage of Luke Walton

Great piece linked below by ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk on the three major influences on Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton’s coaching style. The shaping of Walton’s philosophy started with his childhood and growing up as the son of his NBA All-Star dad, Bill. From him, Youngmisuk writes, Luke gained valuable interpersonal skills. Luke would go onto play several years in the NBA for Phil Jackson and has incorporated much of Jackson’s style into his own coaching including his calmness, his incorporation of movie scenes into team film sessions, and his implementation of meditation work. Coming from similar backgrounds (both growing up in southern California, attending Arizona under Lute Olsen, and playing in the NBA for Jackson and Tex Winter), Walton and Kerr are kindred spirits and their coaching philosophies are mirror images of each other.

“I do think Luke has a similar personality to Phil in that he is a coach that stays in the moment, you don’t see him get too emotionally high or too emotionally low,” Pelinka said. “He has a presence. He has a lot of confidence, but yet he approaches things with calmness, which is an enduring quality.”


For more on Walton:
-Lakers SLOB: Elevator (LINK)
-NBA A to Z Podcast: Luke Walton joins to talk about the exciting young Lakers (LINK)
-How the Celtics taught Luke Walton about love and basketball (LINK)
-Walton prefers to lead with love (LINK)

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