Report: Luke Walton won’t leave Warriors to take a head coaching job midseason

Walton would be crazy to leave the Warriors in the middle of this season.
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Luke Walton began the season with the Warriors in an interim head coaching role while Steve Kerr recovered from offseason back surgery. He made the most of his audition by guiding the team to a ridiculous 39-4 start, and even took home a Coach of the Month award for November, even though the wins don’t even go on his official record, according to NBA rules.

Walton will undoubtedly have multiple offers to become a head coach next season. But with the Knicks firing Derek Fisher on Monday, it was worth wondering whether he’d consider a midseason promotion if an offer came to coach somewhere else. 

Due to Walton’s previous relationship with Phil Jackson, the connection to the Knicks makes too much sense. But the Lakers job is expected by many to be open this summer as well, and Walton could become a candidate there, too, after playing in Los Angeles for more than eight seasons.

Those jobs (and potentially others) will be available to Walton once the current campaign is finished, and he knows it. No one in their right mind would leave these Warriors right now, especially to simply guide a sinking ship to the finish line for the remainder of a lost season.