Luke Walton has always been one to pass the ball, even in his days on the blacktop as an 8-year-old at St. Vincent de Paul School.
He grew up in San Diego, son of an NBA champion, and learned early the key part to succeeding in pro basketball. His father, Bill, told him that the best players were the ones that made their teammates better.
Of course, there were more practical reasons to pass the ball. Walton often played with his older brothers, Adam and Nate, under one condition: let them do all the shooting.
“So I became a really good passer,” Walton said in an interview with The Times. “Then all the older kids wanted me on their team instead of...