Luke Walton named Western Conference Coach of the Month
With the offseason winding down and the regular season soon to kick off, no one could have predicted the Golden State Warriors to start as hot as they have. The Warriors who looked set to battle through the tough Western Conference and watched many playoff teams bolster their team, stood pat, not making any significant moves during the offseason holding a similar roster to the year before as they relying for their young players to develop and make the next step in their development. Then on the first of October, the Warriors were handed a difficult blow, as head coach Steve Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence as he continued to recover from offseason back surgeries. The Warriors looked to fill his void, by handing the interim head coaching position to assistant Luke Walton.
Interim head coach Luke Walton, 35 has stepped in and has filled Steve Kerr’s shoes excellently during his absence. Walton, who has zero official wins under his belt during the Warriors streak, was able awarded the Western Conference Coach of the Month for November. Walton became the first interim coach to ever win the award and has led the Warriors to their stellar start. Steve Kerr, in an interview with ESPN last week when asked about Walton not getting recognition for the wins stated, “I think it’s ridiculous…Luke’s doing all the work with the rest of the staff. Luke is [19-0] right now.” Walton has done a tremendous job filling Kerr’s position, and upon Kerr’s recovery and return, Walton will go back to his assistant role upon for the remainder of the season but surely will be atop many team’s list for head coaching vacancies next season.
To end the first full month of the NBA season, defending World Champions Golden State Warriors went undefeated going 16-0 in the month of November and 19-0 when including the three games won in October. During that span, the Warriors shot 49.4% as a team from the field, 43.5% from behind the arc, averaging 45.8 rebounds, and 27.9 assist a game playing good team ball. Overall on the season, the Warriors leads the league in points per game with 115.3, field goal percentage 49.1, three-point percentage 43.1, assist with 29.4 and seventh in rebounding with 46. The Warriors, who are getting everyone’s best night after night, are playing with fire in their eyes and with a hunger as if they lost in the NBA Finals which makes this team even scarier. Give credit to Walton, as he’s stepped in and has helped propel this team to a 19-0 start.
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