Luke Walton was already back in Lakerland after accepting a job as an analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet earlier in the year, but now he’s going to be around the team and their D-League affiliate on a day-to-day basis.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have announced the hiring of Luke Walton as a player development coach. The role will also allow him to work out with the players and stay in shape just in case he gets a call from an NBA team, according to the Los Angeles Times:
[pullquote]Walton picked up a part-time gig as a TWC Sports Net analyst and added another job this week, accepting a position as player development coach for the L.A. D-Fenders.
He will work out with players on the Lakers’ Development League affiliate and scrimmage with them, he said.
“I’m hoping to show them a few things and also get out there and hoop a little bit,” said Walton, who hadn’t given up hope of playing for an NBA team.
His contracts with TWC Sports Net and the D-Fenders are dissolvable if he gets an offer to play.
“If nothing happens this year, I’ll probably retire during the off-season,” he said. “I’m going to keep the dream alive a little longer.”[/pullquote]
This seems like the perfect situation for Luke: he can stay in shape as he waits a little longer before officially retiring and can pick up some more coaching experience in the process.
Walton was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the lockout and it appears that he has interest in manning the sidelines someday.
While Walton was never the most athletic player on the court and often was dealing with back problems, his basketball IQ could never be questioned.
It’ll be interesting to see if he can transition into full-time coaching after his playing days are officially over.