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Lakers players explain why they love Luke Walton

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The team had a lot of affection for their head coach.

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When the Los Angeles Lakers hired Luke Walton as head coach last summer, the former Golden State Warriors assistant came with promises of relationship building with his players and beautiful ball movement, among other things.

The Lakes made slow progress this season on the latter front, but Walton has certainly fulfilled the former pledge. Just ask his players, as the media did during their exit interviews Thursday.

"I feel like he is the definition of a player's coach,” said Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, and it’s not just team’s gaggle of younger players who Walton meshed with.

“I’ve played for a lot of good coaches. If he wasn’t a good coach, I probably wouldn’t say anything. I wouldn’t put him down, I just wouldn’t say anything,” said Corey Brewer, who didn’t know what to expect when the Lakers acquired him at the trade deadline. "Luke is great.”

Those two players aren’t the only ones who think so. The Lakers were asked for their impressions of Walton again and again during the day-long exit interview process, and they were all open in their love for Luke:

It’s not yet clear how many of these players will still be on the roster next season, but one thing is clear: Whoever the Lakers are suiting up will probably love playing for Walton, too, even if the man himself said that’s not his primary concern:

Regardless of Walton’s intentions, it’s undoubtedly good news for the Lakers organization and their fans that they have a head coach that players want to play for sitting on their bench.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here. or listen to our latest episode below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.