This week, the Lakers officially brought aboard their fourth head coach in as many years: Luke Walton, a former Laker and the son of former NBA and UCLA great Bill Walton. Before he took this job, he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, a team that narrowly lost the NBA Championships to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It’s a weird new chapter for the Lakers. It's the team's first season without Kobe Bryant on the roster 20 years.
The day after the Warriors' loss, Walton drove from Oakland to Los Angeles, and on Tuesday he gave his very first press conference as the team's head coach. After the conference wrapped up, he answered for us these questions three:
Did you really drive down here on Monday from Oakland?
I drove down Monday morning. Today's Tuesday, right? Yeah, I drove down Monday morning, got here around 5 or 6, and here we are.
It was a crazy drive. It was beautiful outside. The emotions were high about coming to this incredible opportunity in L.A. There were times I was sad and depressed about leaving what we had going up in Oakland.
Five hours of that, and I was pulling up in my driveway.
Five hours is pretty good time.
Call it five-and-a-half. I stopped at the In-N-Out Burger on Kettleman.
What's one thing you missed most about Los Angeles in your time away?
A lot of my family lives down here in Southern California — three brothers, bunch of nieces and nephews, my mom and dad are still all down in Southern California. It's going to be great to to see them more often again — and the beach down here is tough to beat.
You were born in San Diego. You went to college in Tucson. You just came from the Bay Area, now you're in Los Angeles. Those are probably four of the greatest burrito cities in America. Which city has the best?
San Diego. The California burrito's delicious. Taco shop to taco shop, I'd have to go with San Diego. You get carne asada, they throw french fries in there, guacamole. Sometimes they'll go sour cream, pico de gallo. That's the foundation of that burrito.