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Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider
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The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday, sources told ESPN.
The Kings be pleased lost seven of eight games and dropped to 6-11 on season — leaving them 12th within the Western Convention. Plenty of most up-to-date losses came against struggling groups enjoy the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma Metropolis Exclaim and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kings associate head coach Alvin Gentry — a five-time head coach within the NBA — is anticipated to be a solid candidate to attend as length in-between head coach. Kings first-365 days assistant coach Doug Christie – a longtime Kings participant and broadcaster — would possibly perhaps well additionally emerge as a candidate for the length in-between feature, sources acknowledged.
Walton became as soon as 68-93 in two-plus seasons as Kings coach.
Kings long-established supervisor Monte McNair will score an opportunity now to rent his assemble head coach. Walton became as soon as hired under Vlade Divac, the old GM.
The Kings were one in every of the league’s worst defensive groups under Walton — ranking 26th in defensive effectivity this season and final in 2020-21. This season, Sacramento also ranks 26th in defensive rebounding percentage, 29th in paint positive aspects per recreation allowed and final in 2nd-probability positive aspects per recreation allowed, in response to ESPN Stats & Knowledge.
Sacramento has the longest active playoff drought within the NBA (since 2006). In those 15 years, they’ve had 10 head coaches — Walton’s length in-between change would possibly perhaps well well be the 11th since Rick Adelman led the Kings to their final playoff berth within the 2005-06 season.