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Luke Walton Declines To Discuss Hypothetical, But Admits He 'Enjoyed Coaching' Brook Lopez



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The Los Angeles Lakers has just made a move to Brook Lopez. A legit seven-footer who offered rim and floor spacing, Lopez seemed like a perfect fit next to LeBron James.

The Lakers, however, decided to go in a different direction by signing the more athletic JaVale McGee to man the center position while bringing in veteran Michael Beasley who they believed could replace Lopez's offensive skill set. Lopez went on to sign up for Milwaukee Bucks where he's enjoying another solid season for the East's best team.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton What Lopez said about it? into the topic, via Spectrum SportsNet :

"I mean, that's hypotheticals. I'm not getting into those. But he's a good player and I enjoyed coaching him. "

Walton is refusing to do so in hindsight. He has to focus on the players he has on his roster and Lopez is not.

That being said, Lopez enjoyed a very popular time in L.A. and Walton obviously enjoyed him around. Regardless there is no doubt that Lopez's game would have been a help to the Lakers and where they struggle.

Lopez is shooting 36.6 percent from three-point range on six attempts per game. Only two Lakers shoot better from deep and both less than half the attempts.

Whether or not the Lakers regret letting Lopez go is unknown, but what he could have said is the team is clear.


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