OAKLAND — Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton smiled as he deflected questions about head coaching openings and said he would only answer ones about the playoffs.
Asked about the Los Angeles Lakers job opening, the former Lakers player said, “All I’m worried about is the playoffs right now.”
Told he was among the coaches being mentioned for the Sacramento Kings job opening, he said, “Nice, it’s nice of them.”
Walton has also been linked to the New York Knicks’ possible opening if interim Kurt Rambis isn’t retained as head coach.
Walton spoke after he had been on the dais during the Coach of the Year press conference for Steve Kerr. Walton finished ninth in the voting, receiving one second-place vote and two third-place votes. He served as interim head coach when the Warriors went 39-4, including an NBA-record 24-0 start.
“I love my job here,” Walton said. “I absolutely love it. I love the playoff battles that we’re in right now. We’ve got prep work to do. Every bit of focus right now should be on the playoffs. So any questions I’m asked about anything else is a distraction in my opinion, and then I’m being selfish. So I’m not answering anything about anything except for our team and the playoffs.”