"Our offense calls for guys who can pass and both Cook and Walton are good passers," Lakers' coach Phil Jackson told ESPN. "They'll be good additions to our club."
Walton is from Southern California, but did not grow up a Lakers fan.
"I grew up watching my dad play with the Celtics," Walton said on ESPN's draft broadcast. "We were Celtic fans when we were younger. As I grew older I started watching the Lakers. They are a great franchise."
Walton is one of the best passers in the draft and that will make scorers like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant happy. He's a good rebounder but injuries and his quickness are concerns. With the injury to Rick Fox and Robert Horry getting older, there could be immediate playing time for Walton.
"The Lakers have a great tradition and great organization," Walton said. "I think it's a great fit for me."
He is the first Wildcat drafted by the Lakers and had he gone in the first round, he would have been part of the eighth father/son combo to go in the first round. Ironically enough Cook was the seventh.
Walton is one of the smartest players in the draft and you can bet that Phil Jackson will like that.
"He knows how to play the game," Jackson said.
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