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Lakers Nab Walton As New Coach

Luke Walton is coming home to rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers reached an agreement Friday night with the Golden State assistant to become their head coach, dramatically choosing a leader for their new era after Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers grabbed Walton just five days after they fired Byron Scott, who led the 16-time NBA champions to the two worst seasons in franchise history.

Walton spent nine seasons with the Lakers, winning two championship rings as a smart, steady player. Now the 36-year-old Southern California native returns to become the 26th head coach in franchise history.

Walton will join the Lakers after the Warriors' playoff run. That could take several weeks, since Golden State is headed for the second round with designs on a second straight championship.

Walton became a top candidate for coaching jobs earlier this season when he led Golden State to a 39-4 record as the interim head coach while Steve Kerr was sidelined by a back injury.

Walton coolly stepped in and coaching the Warriors to an NBA-record 24-0 start before ceding the job back to Kerr.

He won't have nearly the same level of talent in Los Angeles, which is rebuilding after the retirement of Bryant, Walton's longtime teammate.

The Lakers' core consists of recent draft picks D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson alongside an unremarkable collection of veterans and young players. Los Angeles went 21-61 and 17-65 under Scott, the two worst seasons in franchise history.

But the lure of the Lakers apparently was strong to Walton, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2003. He was a depth forward on the Lakers' championship teams in 2009 and 2010.

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