December 7, 2022

Sacramento Kings fire coach Luke Walton after a 6-11 start

Sources told ESPN that Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton was sacked on Sunday.

The Kings have lost seven of their last eight games and are down 6-11 this season – finishing 12th at the Western Conference. There have been several recent defeats against struggling teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kings Associate head coach Alvin Gentry – a five-time head coach at the NBA – is expected to be a strong candidate to serve as interim head coach.

68-93 in Walton Two Plus seasons as Kings coach.

Kings general manager Monte McNair will now have the opportunity to appoint his own head coach. Walton was hired under Vlade Divac, a former GM.

The Kings are one of the worst defensive teams in the league under Walton – ranked 26th in defensive performance this season and last in 2020-21. This season, according to ESPN figures and information, Sacramento ranks 26th in defensive regeneration percentage, 29th in allowed paint points per game and last in second chance points allowed per game.

Sacramento has the longest active playoff drought in the NBA (since 2006). In those 15 years, they had 10 head coaches – Walton’s interim replacement for the 11th time since Rick Adelman last took the Kings to the playoffs in the 2005-06 season.