Kings Fire Coach Luke Walton After 6-11 Start to 3rd Season


The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Luke Walton, the team announced on Sunday, 17
games into his third season with the team. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry will serve as interim
head coach.
Walton was aware of the decision a day after a 123-105 home loss to Utah that dropped the
Kings to 6-11 on the season.
“After a thorough evaluation of the season thus far, I decided to make a change to the head
coach position,” Kings general manager Monte McNair said in a statement. “I want to thank
Luke for his efforts and contributions to our team.”
Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to get Sacramento back to the
playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
With a career record of 510-595, associate coach Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis.
Gentry recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He has also had
head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix.
Including scoring and shooting percentage, the Kings ranked near the bottom of the league in
various defensive statistics under Walton’s leadership.
Sacramento has strive to build a core around recent lottery picks like De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese
Haliburton and Davion Mitchell.
But the huge gaffe came the year before Walton entered when the Kings took Marvin Bagley III
second overall, before both Luka Doncic and Trae Young. Bagley has played in only four games
this season as he has fallen out of favor.
The Kings have been at the bottom of the league for years, with their current 15-year stretch
without a playoff berth tied for the longest in NBA history with the Clippers franchise, which
missed the playoffs from 1977-91 while playing in Buffalo, San Diego and Los Angeles.


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