Byron Scott

Lakers Coach Luke Walton prefers to lead with love

Lakers Coach Luke Walton prefers to lead with love

When Larry Nance Jr. passes up a good shot he should have taken, he reflexively expects his coach to let him have it.

“LARRY!” he said, making his voice hoarse as he imitated the sound he’d heard in the past after messing up. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”

That’s not something he hears much anymore. It's just not the style Lakers Coach Luke Walton employs.

“I like leading by love,” Walton said. “But I had hippie parents so that’s to be expected. It’s the way I was raised.”

Walton's father, Bill, is one of the most famous ex-hippies in basketball. His mother, Susie, teaches parenting courses near San...

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