Sacramento Kings Hire Luke Walton As The Team’s New Head Coach

Sacramento Kings Hire Luke Walton As The Team’s New Head Coach

Sacramento Kings Hire Luke Walton As The Team’s New Head Coach

Vlade Divac and Luke Walton were Laker teammates in 2004-05.

Walton had a record of 98-148 with the Lakers, who closed the 2018-19 season Tuesday night with a 104-101 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles. Instead, Pelinka announced the move in a possible sign of his increased power with the Lakers after Johnson's departure.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service", said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

The Luke Walton era in Los Angeles is over.

In Williams' Pelicans tenure, he had a 173-221 record and made the playoffs twice, in his first and last seasons there.

Leaving the Lakers this summer could be great for Walton, who was basically in a no-win situation in LA. "I feel for Luke". The Hall of Fame point guard was upset with the team's defense and sluggish start but later told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN that Walton would not be fired barring something unforeseen. Collectively, Lakers players missed more than 210 games due to injuries and the team used more than 25 different starting lineups this season. "That's going to be the only thing that's unfair in this conversation we have today because I think at the end of the day, we are all different", James said in his interview with Hill. Walton joins Dave Joerger, J.B. Bickerstaff, and Larry Drew as coaches without jobs, for now.

Can Walton get the Kings, who have a young core of De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III and Buddy Hield, to the postseason, where they haven't been in 13 seasons? "They did everything right, I'll say that". Walton's 246 games in charge were the most by any coach in the tumultuous near-decade since the franchise's last championship in 2010.

Walton is a former player who spent nine of his 10 National Basketball Association seasons with the Lakers, helping the team win back-to-back championships in 2009-10.

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