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In fostering the Lakers' identity, Luke Walton avoids references to the Warriors

In fostering the Lakers' identity, Luke Walton avoids references to the Warriors

While Luke Walton’s pedigree includes being part of the Golden State Warriors’ incredible success during the past two seasons, he doesn’t like for those memories to crowd his coaching.

When he addresses this Lakers team, he doesn’t tell many stories about the Warriors.

“I don’t like doing that,” Walton said Wednesday after the Lakers practiced in Santa Barbara. “This is our team. This is who we are.”

There are times when a nod to the Warriors can prove useful, however.

Walton was an assistant on Coach Steve Kerr’s staff as they won the NBA championship in his first...

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