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LISTEN: Carmichael Dave Interviews Kings Head Coach Luke Walton

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Over the span of nearly 40 minutes, listen to Dave and Luke talk about this season, COVID-19 and much more

This morning on The Drive, Carmichael Dave aired his pre-recorded sit-down interview with Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton.

Walton was in the process of leading the Kings towards a playoff push when the COVID-19 outbreak brought the NBA season to a halt. With 18 games left to play, Sacramento remains only 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot as questions continue to arise regarding the continuance of the season.

The current COVID-19 outbreak has affected countless people worldwide, with doctors, nurses and health professionals putting themselves on the front lines each day. When asked how he has been handling the time away, Walton praised the health professionals that are doing all that they can to save lives on a daily basis.

“I’m doing okay with everything that has been happening. I think it’s important, that we always give a shout out, some love to the nurses, doctors, people that are working everyday to try to keep society going for what it is right now,” he said.

“My family and I are doing well, here.”

As the buzz surrounding the Michael Jordan based documentary The Last Dance grows, Dave asked Walton–who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015–if they were to play, who would come out on top: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10) or the 2015-16 Warriors (73-9)?

“That would have been great basketball. Who knows, there is no way to know. But I think everyone would agree that that would be very entertaining,” he said. “But yeah there’s no point to get into a deep debate over it. It’s like at a family barbecue where you just start arguing with your family for nothing, for no reason.”

On the way Walton is handling the uncertainty of if the regular season will resume, the 40 year-old head coach shared his mindset.

“It is a difficult time for everyone, and the challenge is to find the opportunity in that and to find the opportunity to have the players really buy into and grow as people,” he said. “What is important is that they use this time to connect, get closer with their families, or to read more, or, we talked a lot to our group about forms of mediation. Something along those lines to keep developing as people.”

Check out the entire interview by clicking the “play” button at the top of the page, or check out today’s entire episode of “The Drive” here.

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