Luke Walton wants to change the Lakers’ culture

When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Luke Walton as their head coach, they effectively gave him the keys to arguably the biggest, most youth-driven rebuilding process in franchise history. Walton has been handed the tall task of changing the team’s philosophy both on and off the court from the stagnant, old-school approach of predecessor Byron Scott to a modern style resembling that of the Golden State Warriors, where Walton was an assistant the past two seasons.

In an interview with ESPN 710 Los Angeles at Lakers Media Day on Monday, Walton shared some insight into how he’ll transform this young team.

On drawing from his former boss, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr:

On valuing the effort he sees on the court versus the team’s wins and losses:

On creating a culture of competitiveness and accountability similar to that of Kerr and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich:

Walton, a former Lakers big man himself, also had praise for his team’s starting frontcourt, which will likely consist of third-year forward Julius Randle and controversial free-agent signing Timofey Mozgov:

Whether or not you agree with the Lakers’ decision to had the former Cavs center a 4-year, $64 million deal at the start of free agency this summer, it’s a little reassuring to see that Walton obviously holds Mozgov in high regard. Either way, Luke’s

Either way, Luke’s gameplan continues to be a breath of fresh air for this young Lakers squad and should provide plenty of optimism heading into the 2016-17 season.

Author: Austin Green

Austin is a native Angelino and 3rd-generation Lakers fan who has a passion for writing. He is pursuing his journalism degree at Biola University in Southern California and currently works as sports editor at The Chimes, Biola's student newspaper.

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