Luke Walton has Lakers exciting again

USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down three young players who are on the cusp of NBA superstardom.
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LOS ANGELES –

The look on Luke Walton’s face says it all.

He still looks like himself, of course. Wavy hair. Welcoming smile. Cool Cat demeanor.

But with nearly a 10th of his debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers behind him, and even with the buzz that the 36-year-old and his upstart team have created, Walton is clearly tired – even too worn out to take part in his favorite pastime on his favorite sandy spot of Manhattan Beach.

“Unfortunately there’s been no volleyball in my life since the season started, but if I ever get a day off I will be down there,” he says with a laugh.

He’s not holding his breath. He’s too busy resuscitating one of the NBA’s storied franchises.

The Laker Nation always loved Walton, having seen him play a supporting role in two Kobe Bryant-led championships while becoming a favorite disciple of…

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