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Arizona basketball: Luke Walton extends Lakers' red-and-blue blood staff
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Arizona basketball: Luke Walton extends Lakers' red-and-blue blood staff

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton enjoys the game between the Arizona Wildcats and USC Trojans at the Galen Center on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Looks like the Golden State Wildcats trend has spread south.

After Steve Kerr started surrounding Andre Iguodala and his Warriors team in 2014-15 with coaches Luke Walton and Bruce Fraser, picking up the joking reference to the "Golden State Wildcats," Walton has injected considerable UA blood on the Lakers staff since his hire last spring.

Miles Simon has become the latest Lakers assistant, joining former UA staffer Jesse Mermuys and former UA player Jud Buechler on that staff.

Lauri Markkanen introduced himself to Chicago in a typical no-nonsense fashion Tuesday, saying he was ignoring talk about the Bulls' controversial trade with Minnesota.

“I just try to focus on the task at hand and do my work and my part," Markkanen said, according to a Chicago Sun-Times column. I don’t let it affect me. I heard about the trade right before I got drafted, and it’s just a great honor to be part of this organization.’’

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune wrote of the Dirk Nowitski comparisons Markkanen is hearing again. ICYMI, the Tribune had a look at Markkanen's athletic family history.

A Celtics fan blog says Kadeem Allen might be able to carve out a role on Boston's roster.

Chance Comanche's mother says he's still evaluating offers.

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