The defending-champion Golden State Warriors employ the Most Valuable Player, the coach of the year and they are the only team in NBA history to win 73 games in a season. If there was an award for trolling, then they would have won that on Tuesday, too.
According to the Orange County Register's Bill Oram, before the NBA Draft Lottery, Warriors vice president of public relations Raymond Ridder texted assistant coach Luke Walton, who will start his new job as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as Golden State's season is over. Ridder told Walton that the Lakers fell to the fourth pick, and thus surrendered it to the Philadelphia 76ers. Walton fell for the prank.
I wish we could see Walton's reaction when he heard the news and then his reaction when he found out he was fooled. The Lakers actually kept their pick, and they will select at the No. 2 spot in June's draft.
Presumably, Walton will be taking over a young team with D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson (a restricted free agent), Julius Randle and either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram as its core. That's not a bad start.