Luke Walton named new head coach for Sacramento Kings

Luke Walton named new head coach for Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac has officially announced Luke Walton as the team's new head coach. Walton will be introduced at a press conference later Monday.

"I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings", Divac said.

Sam Amick of The Athletic was the first to report the deal, and NBC Sports California confirmed the details with a league source. New York Times writer Marc Stein reported, "The prevailing assumption in league coaching circles remains that Walton will nearly certainly be dismissed after the season".

Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Walton had been an assistant to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr from 2014 to 2016.

Following Walton's departure from the Lakers, Kerr shared his thoughts on his former understudy.

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The Kings have a strong young core.

Despite all of the injuries and Anthony Davis trade rumors, Walton was ultimately held responsible for them missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Rumors that Walton would take the job swirled just as former head coach Dave Joerger was sacked on Thursday - after the team's best season in 13 years. "We have to play that way". This was because his Lakers were not having a good season despite adding LeBron James to the roster. In fact, since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season, the only winning seasons for the Kings came in Adelman's eight years at the helm, highlighted by a trip to the Western Conference final in 2002.

Sacramento had its most wins since going 44-38 in 2005-06 during coach Rick Adelman's final season.

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