FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton gestures during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
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Luke Walton, the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will leave the league's hottest team to take charge of an acclaimed NBA franchise that has fallen on hard times and currently occupies the other end of the spectrum.Walton, 36, the son of former NBA Most Valuable Player Bill Walton, will be the 26th head coach in Lakers history, and the 22nd since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960 .He played 564 regular season games during a decade-long career that included eight seasons and two championships with the Lakers.Walton was in charge of the team for the first 43 games this season while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery, helping them make an NBA record 24-0 start to the campaign.
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