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Lakers hire Luke Walton as coach, hoping he can be their Golden ticket back to respectability

Lakers hire Luke Walton as coach, hoping he can be their Golden ticket back to respectability

The coaching search didn't last long, the Lakers hiring one of their own — Luke Walton.

A pass-first role player who won championships as a forward with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, Walton will try to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that missed the playoffs the last three seasons.

He became a fan favorite after being drafted in 2003, a second-round pick whose hustle and team-oriented mind-set led to mellifluous "Luuuuke" cheers at Staples Center when the Lakers were championship contenders.

Terms of his contract were not immediately known. The Lakers called it a multiyear deal.

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