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New Kings coach Luke Walton on NBA dads and lessons learned with Los Angeles Lakers

In his introductory news conference in Sacramento, newly crowned Kings coach Luke Walton reflected on three tumultuous seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, suggested those years made him better and offered a tactful response to a question about parental involvement in professional sports.

Walton was frequently criticized in Los Angeles by LaVar Ball, the father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. The Kings experienced a far more muted situation this season when Marvin Bagley III’s father took occasional social media swipes at coach Dave Joerger, who was fired Thursday after three seasons.

“Lonzo and I have a great relationship and I plan on having a great relationship with Bagley as well, so that’s not even on my radar at all,” Walton said Monday.