Luke Walton felt the high of highs during his two years as an assistant coach on the Warriors.
Now, in his first season as head coach of the Lakers, he's feeling the opposite end of the spectrum.
After he watched the Warriors lose just nine games during the regular season in 2015-16, he's had to sit through 49 loss so far this season.
One of those 49 losses was a 43-point drubbing by the Warriors on Nov. 23 in Oakland. Golden State made 19 3-pointers and dished out 47 assists in a 149-106 victory. It was just the Lakers eighth loss of the young season.
This past week, nearly four months later, Walton reflected on what it was like to be on that end of a Warriors' blowout win.
"It sucks. It sucks for all these other teams. From the other side, I didn't think about it. I was enjoying what we were doing. And then when they're just making 3 after 3 after 3 and you're sitting there on the other bench and the crowd is going nuts, you definitely have that realization, like, damn. This is what it feels like," Walton told ESPN on Friday.
Walton is in the first year of a five-year, $25 million contract with the Lakers, who are 20-49 this season.