Luke Walton Biography
|Date of Birth:||1980 , March-28|
|Age:||39 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 Feet 8 Inch|
|Birth Name||Luke Theodore Walton|
|Birth Place/City||San Diego, California|
|Weight in KG||107 kg|
|Married to||Bre Ladd (m. 2013)|
|Education||University of San Diego|
|Siblings||Nathan Walton, Chris Walton, Adam Walton|
Former American basketball player, Luke Walton currently serves as the head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He has played 10 NBA seasons as a forward and won two NBA championships with Lakers and one with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach.
Early Life And Education Of Luke Walton
Luke Theodore Walton was born on 28th March 1980 in San Diego, California to Susan Guth and Bill Walton. His father Bill Walton is a well known retired American Basketball player who played for UCLA and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers as well as Los Angeles Clippers. Luke was named after Bill’s Portland Trail Blazers’ teammate and close friend, Maurice Lucas. Luke spent his childhood in San Diego with his three brothers, Nathan, Chris, and Adam.
Luke went on to attend University of San Diego High School located in San Diego where he began playing basketball. He joined the University of Arizona in 1999 under coach, Lute Olson. His best year in Arizona is statistically proven to be his junior year where he went on to average a total of 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game with 0.6 blocks.
While he was in his senior year, Luke went on to average 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He went on to graduate in the spring of 2003 with a degree in Family Studies and Human Development.
Luke Walton's Career
In 2003, Luke announced that he was ready to be drafted in the 2003 NBA Draft. Thus Luke was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round as the 32nd overall pick. He then began playing for Los Angeles Lakers and got over 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game in his statistically best season 2006-2007.
After this performance, Luke signed a 6 year, $30 million contract with the Lakers on 12th July 2007. Later in 2012, Luke was traded by Lakers to Cleveland Cavaliers. 2013 marked the end of his playing career. Luke was first hired by the University of Memphis as an assistant coach during the 2011 NBA Lockout.
However, His career as an assistant coach ended soon after the Lockout. Luke was then hired as a player development coach by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. Later in 2014, he was hired by Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. In 2013 he was briefly hired by Time Warner Cable SportsNet in 2013 to join their Lakers on-air broadcast team.
Luke Walton's Net Worth And Salary
Luke Walton's net worth is $16 million at present. He has earned a good sum of salary from his successful playing career.
In 2009, he and his father became the third father-son duo to both win NBA championship as players. According to 2012 data, Luke’s salary is estimated to be 6.1 million dollars.
Luke Walton's Personal Life
On August 17, 2013, Luke married longtime sweetheart, Bre Ladd whom he met at the University of Arizona. While Luke was playing basketball, Bre was a standout middle blocker on the university’s volleyball team. The couple does not have kids and has not had any extramarital affair on both sides.
Luke weighs 107 kgs and is 6 feet 8 inches tall. Till date, he has been noted as 2 times NBA champion, Second-team All-American and 2 times All-PAC-10 First Team.