D-Fenders Hire Luke Walton
Los Angeles D-Fenders have hired former Laker Luke Walton as a player development coach, it was announced by team President/CEO Joey Buss.
"We are very excited to add Luke to our staff," said Buss. "His championship experience will help build upon the winning culture that has been established with the D-Fenders. His extensive and successful NBA career will allow him to instill the work ethic it requires for our players to reach the NBA."
"Luke has been a consummate professional throughout his career," said D-Fenders General Manager Nick Mazzella. "Having played on two Lakers championship teams, Luke is aware of the hard work and type of culture required to win. He will be a valuable mentor to our players and will dedicate himself to improving their basketball skills and advancing their careers. We couldn't be happier to have him join our talented coaching staff."
Walton has spent the last 11 seasons playing in the NBA with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Most recently, he appeared in 50 games with the Cavaliers during the 2012-13 season.
"I'm thrilled to be returning to the Lakers family," said Walton. "I'm looking forward to working with the staff to develop young talent that can benefit the D-Fenders and the NBA. The D-Fenders have a proven record of developing top-flight players, and I plan to continue that tradition."