Sacramento Kings hire Luke Walton as Head Coach

Sacramento Kings hire Luke Walton as Head Coach

Sacramento Kings hire Luke Walton as Head Coach

Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons.

Luke Walton and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a deal in principle to make him the team's new head coach, league sources told ESPN on Saturday. The length of his deal will be in line with that of Kings GM Vlade Divac, running through the 2022-23 season. Before going to Los Angeles, he was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, where he led the team to a 39-4 mark to open the 2015-16 season while coach Steve Kerr was recovering from back issues.

Luke Walton's unemployment did not even last a full day.

"I'm disappointed for Luke". Walton's Lakers never finished below 5th in the National Basketball Association in pace, have been top-five in transition frequency in the last two seasons and have finished top-15 in defensive rating each of the last two seasons, as well.

The Kings showed much growth and improvement in the 2018-19 season, finishing the season with a record of 39-43, a 12-game improvement from the year before. "They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for". But again, he was dependent on circumstances just like all of us. Los Angeles missed the playoffs in all three campaigns. He won two previous titles as a deep reserve with the Lakers, in 2000 and 2001. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so.

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Not many Lakers observers questioned Walton's man-management abilities, but his tactical acumen was widely criticized.

As for how Walton fits with the Kings - it could be a seamless fit.

He certainly has coached some of the game's biggest stars and egos.

He has reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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