Warriors interim coach Luke Walton, the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month for November, has guided the Warriors to a 36-2 while Steve Kerr continues to recover from two back surgeries, which is quite impressive given Walton’s relative inexperience as a coach [Edit: the Warriors lost Wednesday to fall to 36-3]. To be fair, he did inherit a roster that won the NBA title a season ago, but nevertheless, Walton has done remarkable work this season, especially considering that he’s just three years removed from his playing days and was thrust into his role with little warning or prep time.
The 35-year-old has expressed an interest in formally becoming a head coach some day, though it’s “nothing I’m trying to rush into,” as he told Ben Golliver of SI.com in November. Walton is likely to be a hot commodity this offseason for teams seeking a new head coach, and the Nets are reportedly eyeing him as they seek a long-term replacement for the fired Lionel Hollins, sources informed Sam Amico of Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio. While the Brooklyn post may not be ideal given the team’s current state and lack of future draft picks, the Nets do happen to have just $45MM in guaranteed salaries against a projected $89MM cap committed for next season. While the franchise may not have much in the way of talent to sell top tier free agents on, the presence of Walton could be an asset when recruiting.
This brings me to the topic/question for today: Would hiring Luke Walton as coach be the right move for the Nets, or should the team look to add a more experienced leader?
There’s no doubt that Walton has done an excellent job holding the team together in Kerr’s absence, but the question still remains as to whether or not Walton is merely a caretaker in Kerr’s absence, or if he is actively making the roster better with his coaching talents. Would the Nets be a good fit for Walton, as well as Walton for the Nets? Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the matter. We look forward to what you have to say.