Warriors PR Exec Tricks Luke Walton Into Thinking Lakers Lost Draft Pick


Luke Walton thought his tenure as Los Angeles Lakers head coach was off to a bad start before even beginning.

The Warriors assistant, who will take over the Lakers at season’s end, was busy Tuesday preparing Golden State’s Western Conference finals Game 2 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and apparently couldn’t keep up with the NBA draft lottery. So a Warriors public relations executive thought it’d be funny to tell Walton his first obstacle as Lakers head coach would be not having a draft pick.

Had the Lakers fallen out of the top three, their pick would have gone to the Philadelphia 76ers as a condition of the Steve Nash trade in 2012. However, L.A. got the second pick, so Walton will have an easier go in his new role.

With a chance to win another NBA Finals and now having the No. 2 pick, though, we’re not sure Walton could have been very mad about this prank.

Thumbnail photo via Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Apr 27, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton smiles during warm ups before game five against the Houston Rockets of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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