Editor's Note: The above video is from Jan. 22, 2016.
OAKLAND – The New York Knicks didn’t want to wait for Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who as interim head coach led the team to a 39-4 record, to finish the playoffs.
With the permission of the Warriors, Knicks boss Phil Jackson contacted Walton this week, according to reports in the New York Daily News and the New York Post, only to have Walton say he’s not interested in their vacancy.
Jackson, who was coach of the Lakers when Walton played in Los Angeles, reached out to Walton. The two had a phone conversation, according to reports, during which Walton expressed his intention to stay with the Warriors.
Or maybe it was that Walton simply didn’t want to go to New York, a destination that, according to multiple league and team sources, he does not find appealing.
Walton, 35, grew up in San Diego and has spent his entire life on the West Coast. He has on several occasions conceded to CSNBayArea.com on that he’s most comfortable with the California lifestyle, which he has with the Warriors.
The New York lifestyle, according to multiple team sources, simply is not a good fit.
“I’d never say never,” one source said recently. “But I just don’t see Luke in New York.”
Attempts by CSNBayArea.com to reach Walton early Sunday evening were not successful.
Walton’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, has made it clear that he believes his son is better off with the Warriors, at least for the foreseeable future.
“It doesn’t get any better than what he’s got right now ever in life, and money will not make that happen again,” Bill Walton told ESPN in March. “It’s there now. Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason. What he’s got, just stay there.”
Luke Walton can expect overtures from several teams in the upcoming weeks.