“The culture that we had up there is what I’m trying to build down here,” Walton said. “Obviously it’s different starting points and different plan of attacks because of the youth that we have and new coaches in and new vets coming in. But the way they did things as far as big picture is something I’d like to see down here.”That entails creating what Walton called “a good work environment and family atmosphere” that promotes collaboration between the coaching staff and players just as Kerr has. Walton has credited his players for their work ethic, including training at the Lakers’ practice facility last week on a designated day off. In upcoming film sessions for Wednesday’s exhibition against the Warriors in San Diego, Walton planned to focus on two areas. As usual, Walton will look at the Lakers’ strengths and weaknesses. As a testament to the Warriors’ talent and ability to master the concepts Walton has taught, he will also highlight clips that feature just that.Consider Thompson a believer of Walton’s vision after seeing him go 39-4 as an interim coach last season while Kerr recovered from back surgery.“They will be a lot better this year,” Thompson said of the Lakers. “He’s smart and knows it can’t be built overnight. It takes time to be great. He’ll lose sleep over losses because he’s competitive. But he won’t be killed if they don’t have great success early on. It takes time, especially for a young team like that.”After all, the Lakers hardly match Golden State’s talent in outside shooting (Curry, Thompson), versatility (Durant), defense (Green) and depth (Iguodala).Plenty of intrigue may have emerged surrounding D’Angelo Russell’s playmaking, Julius Randle’s power, Brandon Ingram’s defense, Jordan Clarkson’s aggressiveness and Larry Nance Jr’s athleticism. Yet, they have a full season for better or for worse to show what their long-term ceiling might be. Against Golden State, Russell had eight points on 3-of-10 shooting and five assists, while Randle added five points and seven rebounds. Ingram had 12 points on a 3-of-6 clip off the bench, while Nance added nine points and six rebounds. Their seven-game NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers aside, the Warriors’ success goes beyond their talent. Thompson also pointed toward the team’s personnel remaining adaptable to roles, including former NBA All-Stars Iguodala and David Lee serving as reserves in recent seasons.“You can come in with all kinds of ideas. But the players have to be good enough to win game,” Kerr said. “The Lakers are building a good wealth of young talent. I think they’ll get there. They have to be willing to work. Our guys were willing to work right away. Luke and I are pretty similar in our approach to the game. We want the ball to move and we want guys to work. But we want to have fun. We understand this is a game. This is a sport that will play better if you’re enjoying the atmosphere. Luke will create a great atmosphere for them to work.” While Kerr admitted adjustments toward including all the necessary preparation in limited practice time, Walton’s additional challenge will entail how well he masters between developing players long-term and collecting wins short-term.“The priority is making sure we are getting things in correctly,” Walton said. “If that ends up costing a couple of wins here or there, then that’s something I think we have to live with as a group. In the bigger picture, it’s more important that we have those basics down and those fundamentals down.”Could fulfilling that ideal become harder once the losses pile up and the challenge to ensure players buy into their role increases?“It’s very hard,” Walton said. “You have a big picture plan and you have a staff and I have a staff that I trust and we talk about with things like that who know the approach we’re going to take. I’ll have them remind me of that when times are tough.”For now, Walton has relied on his personality and basketball intelligence. “He’s just got great social skills and interpersonal skills. Everybody that knows Luke loves to be around him,” Kerr said. “He’s smart and funny and a wise ass. He’s self-deprecating at the same time. He talks trash. It all comes across in a really fun and well- meaning manner. It’s all genuine. There’s no façade. There’s no mind games and no trick questions. He’s a great communicator and fun to be around.”The Lakers have seen that play out in various ways.He will offer constructive and direct criticism, but will present it with positive reinforcement and specific examples. He will ask players for feedback on both their games and playcalling. In turn, the Lakers have appeared receptive toward his learning that has focused heavily on fundamentals, namely on defense. He has resisted bringing up his time both as an assistant at Golden State and as an 11-year NBA player, mostly with the Lakers.“We know we’re going to take our lumps. But it’s a very positive atmosphere and we’re trying to get better every day,” Randle said. “We just know we have to learn. Everyday we have to learn and we have to take ownership of what we’re doing.”Walton saw first-hand how Kerr made his players feel just as empowered.“What’s helping me the most is the relationships he had with the players,” Walton said of Kerr. “It’s the first time I’ve been around that type of open relationship player coach. That’s naturally who I am. I like being able to talk to the guys and include them in decisions and get their feedback. The way he did that in the success we had and how much that helped in having players take ownership what we’re doing as a team is something that is a big part of my coaching style.”It was also part of Walton’s coaching style not to treat Saturday’s game as nothing more than another exhibition. But that became nearly impossible in part because of his popularity with the Warriors.Three minutes into his pre-game press conference, and Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder interrupted it and offered a playful jab.“What’s the big deal down here,” Ridder shouted. “Why is there so many people in the hallway?Walton then poked fun at Ridder’s height.“You probably can’t see, Raymond,” Walton said. “You probably can’t see some of these people. We’re doing media here.”The playful insults continued when a reporter asked about Ridder playing a fib to Walton he had learned the Lakers lost their top-three protected pick in the NBA draft lottery in late May. The actual drawing takes place in a private room before the event is televised.“He gave himself way too much credit for that,” Walton said. “If he thought I really wasn’t sitting in front of the TV watching the lottery when we had a top three protected pick, I expected more out of Raymond.”Walton then playfully compared Lakers longtime spokesman John Black and Ridder, who used to work in the Lakers’ public relations department.“Main difference is about nine inches,” Walton said. “John Black taught Raymond everything he knows. He’s literally a miniature John Black.”Once Walton’s press conference ended a few minutes later, he visited the Warriors’ locker room. There, Walton and Kerr shared laughs about whether any of them would call a trick play. Walton told Kerr not to run the play right away. Instead, Walton wanted to be surprised. Moments later, Kerr playfully said, “I hate him.” He then turned wistful.“He’s such a great guy and has become one of my best friends,” Kerr said of Walton. “We’re all going to miss him. We’re all happy for him.”So are the Lakers, which Kerr believes represents the sole franchise Walton would have joined for a five-year deal at the expense of leaving Golden State. All for the hope and belief Walton can eventually morph the Lakers into something so great, it was as if he never left the NBA’s most dominant franchise. LAS VEGAS >> Luke Walton strutted down the hallway with ease as if his day did not operate on a schedule.Within seconds, Warriors general manager Bob Myers approached Walton and teased him for arriving a tad late before his pre-game press briefing.“You told me not to change!” Walton said, laughing.After all, Golden State coach Steve Kerr recalled Walton rarely made it on the court for the national anthem and player introductions the previous two seasons as a Warriors assistant. Too often, Walton waited to get ready within seven minutes from tipoff. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Luke’s the most laid-back guy on Earth,” Kerr said, laughing.That might explain Walton’s tardiness. Yet, that quality also explains why the Warriors believe he will succeed as the Lakers’ head coach. “He’s so comfortable in his own skin,” Kerr said before the Lakers’ 112-107 loss to the Warriors on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. “Who that is is somebody who knows the game, gets along with players and wants to see the game played with the ball moving at a beautiful pace. That’s going to be from his heart. He’ll figure out how he wants to operate on a daily basis because that’s where it’s about your personality than any mentor you had. The guy is going to be a brilliant coach.”No one expects the Lakers to mimic the Warriors after finishing with the worst record in franchise history for the past two seasons under former coach Byron Scott. Even with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West sitting for rest purposes, the Warriors also overwhelmed the Lakers with a heavy dose of Klay Thompson (24 points), Kevin Durant (17 points) and Stephen Curry (17 points). The Lakers sliced the deficit to single digits in the second half partly because those players rested.Yet, Walton believes he can at least teach some of Golden State’s team-oriented concepts.