Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers head coach, has used the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League to take notes on what it will be like to coach LeBron James next season. Walton sat down with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to start preparing for what will likely be a whirlwind season for the new-look Lakers.
"He's about the team. He's about doing things the right way, and he's about winning," Walton told ESPN. "I can work with those qualities."
Walton, ironically, was selected in the same draft as LeBron, where the four-time MVP went first overall to the Cavs.
According to ESPN, Walton has reached out to multiple parties to formulate a game plan for working with LeBron. In addition to Lue, Walton has contacted Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra, and Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, two of his teammates with the Cavaliers.
LeBron’s decision to sign a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers has certainly changed the expectations for the organization. Magic Johnson has stated the team is on a 3-year plan, and LeBron’s decision to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers–as opposed to opting for a 1-year contract–gives the team flexibility heading into the next few offseasons.
Multiple stars will become free agents in 2019, plus the organization can explore how LeBron meshes with up and coming players like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball.
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