NBA legend Bill Walton pleads for his son Luke to stay with the Dubs and stay far, far away from the New York Knicks.
By Jeremy Fialkow
If NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton had to deal with this year’s New York Knicks, he would likely jump ship.
Today, on ESPN’s First Take, Walton sent out a blatant warning to his son Luke, throwing heat at the Knicks Organization in the process.
It appears Big Ole Bill wants his son to remain in California with the Warriors over taking more money to coach in New York:
“It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now in life, and money will not make that happen again.”
“I want what’s best for Luke Walton,” Walton added. “I’m a Warrior of the Golden State. It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again. It’s there now. Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason, and what he’s got, just stay there.”
Assuming Knicks President Phil Jackson eventually realizes Kurt Rambis doesn’t cut it as head coach, New York will be in the market this summer for a blockbuster coaching change.
Some names being thrown out there to lead Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony to glory include Tom Thibodeau, David Blatt, and Every-Phil-Jackson-Coaching-Decescendent.
However, the hottest name out there is Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who set the Warriors on an NBA record-setting pace (39-4 W-L) during Steve Kerr‘s half-season absence.
Maybe Walton will be with the Knicks next summer, maybe not. Only time will tell.
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