The Sacramento Kings reportedly sacked coach Luke Walton during the team’s 6:11 start on Sunday, the team said. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on the news. Wojnarowski also reported that deputy coach Alvin Gentry has been appointed interim coach.
“After a thorough evaluation of the season so far, I have decided to change the position of head coach,” said Kings managing director Monte McNair. “I would like to thank Luke for his efforts and contribution to our team.”
The Kings went 68-93 into Walton’s tenure. Walton previously headed the Los Angeles Lakers for three years before being fired after the 2018-19 season.
The Kings have tried to build a core around current lottery tips like De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell.
“I think we have the talent,” said McNair. “We have shown that we can do it. We will come back to it and Alvin will be the man who will lead us there. “
The Kings haven’t reached the NBA playoffs in 15 years. It is currently the longest playoff drought in the league. While the organization believes in talent in the team, finding the right coach to succeed seems to continue to be Kings’ Achilles heel.
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