Luke Walton fired as Sacramento Kings coach after 6-11 start

The Sacramento Kings’ slide has cost Luke Walton his job.

Walton was fired Sunday as coach of Kings ESPN reportedFollowing a 6-11 start and losing seven of eight previous games, the team was promoted to the interim head coach. Associate head coach Alvin Gentry, who was most recently the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, is expected to receive “strong consideration” to take over as interim head coach, according to the report.

Walton, 41 years old, is currently in his third year at Sacramento’s helm and finished with a record of 68-93. Walton previously coached the Lakers in 2016-2019. In his three years in Los Angeles, he was 98-148.

Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton is restrained by assistant coach Alvin Gentry during the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Golden 1 Center.
During the first quarter of the match against Utah Jazz, Luke Walton, Sacramento Kings’ head coach is restrained during the game by Alvin Gentry (assistant coach).
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The noise surrounding Walton’s tenuous job status had grown in recent days after he had survived back-to-back 31-41 seasons. The Kings, with a young core, started the season 5-4 before entering their current tailspin, which had their own fans chanting “Fire Luke Walton” at recent home games.

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