Luke Walton Lakers' No. 1 option?

There’s an easy explanation: The Lakers are in lockstep on whom they want. Luke Walton is an obvious choice; the former Lakers forward has strong ties to the franchise and is fresh off the most successful fill-in head coaching stint in NBA history. Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie has been on the NBA’s radar for a few years. Spurs assistant Ettore Messina has for even longer. Jeff Van Gundy has a proven track record and the disciplined system the Lakers badly need.

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October 28, 2016 | 8:57 am EDT Update
Soaked in sweat, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant’s yells echoed throughout an empty Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans. “They say I ain’t hungry!” “I’m out here!” Durant was working to bounce back from his team’s 29-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. The former MVP stayed late after practice Thursday in preparation for Friday night’s game against the Pelicans, shooting between one-on-one drills with Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco.
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When asked after his session about shouting criticisms, Durant explained, “That’s what I say to myself when I’m working. I hear it all the time. You hear the noise. You hear what they say about you. Everybody hears it. So it’s a little extra motivation when you hear it.” Of the scene, Durant said, “Nobody in this arena right now, and that’s when you get better. Nobody sees you when you’re doing this stuff right here, but luckily y’all was in here watching.”
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Does Iguodala have any regrets about how he attacked that play? Does he second-guess going for a layup? He provided his assessment for the first time since “The Block.” “If J.R. is not there, I’m dunking it. Well, I don’t know if I’m dunking, though, because I was about to die out there,” Iguodala said while busting out in laughter. “But I give him all respect. When he blocked it, I thought somebody got shot. I laugh about it all the time. People try to joke on me. I still get mentions all day from fans always talking about the block. “I’m like, ‘Man, that s— was so dope to me, too.’ I was a fan. That s— was amazing. When he blocked it, I was like, ‘Damn, somebody got shot.’ I thought it was funny. Somebody just made a good play. What you want me to do? If you enjoy the game of basketball, you should just be like, ‘Dude made a great play. F— it.'”
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And then flee, minutes later, for the safety of his hotel room across the street. And then call his mother, Jennifer, back home in Mountain View, California, to cryptically exhale, “We did it.” And then vomit — not once but twice — as the sheer thought of a four-year, $50 million contract caused Tyler’s body to revolt against his brain. “S—,” Bosh said after hearing the news. “Fifty?” “We hadn’t even come to a decision yet,” Johnson recalls of the ongoing bidding war, “but I didn’t know how to react.”
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