The last two seasons, Lakers fans saw their team produce the two worst records in the history of the storied franchise.
But, the hiring of former Lakers player and current Warriors assistant Luke Walton has Los Angeles' young nucleus ready for next season.
"I'm excited about it," Lakers power forward Julius Randle said at a community service event. "It's a fresh start for all of us. I think Luke is going to be great for us."
The Lakers finished the regular season with a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. While Steve Kerr was sidelined to begin the season, Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record as the team's interim head coach.
“I’m really excited about him being the new head coach and really seeing how things are put together,” Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson told ESPN.com after the community service event. “I want to be in L.A. and be a part of this whole process. I think it’s an exciting time for Laker Nation.”
With young players on the roster like Randle, 21, and Clarkson, 23, Walton's young age at 36 is seen as a way to connect easier for the two.
“Obviously him being so young, he’s going to be easy to relate to. He’s going to demand a lot out of us, and it’s not going to be an easy process, but we’re all looking forward to the challenge," said Randle.
Clarkson, who was second on the team with 15.5 points per game in his second NBA season, certainly agrees with Randle.
“He’s played the game and he’s been out here in L.A. I feel like he’ll just be able to relate to us on different levels and make us all closer and want to compete," said Clarkson.
Walton already spoke with the two over the phone on how he envisions them in an up-tempo style of play like the champion Warriors use.
“It’s definitely good to have the head man believing in you. We’re definitely going to go out there and compete for him and play hard," Clarkson said on his conversation with Walton.
The Warriors and Walton's Lakers square off for the first time in preseason next season on Oct. 15 in Las Vegas.