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Kings sack Luke Walton after 6-11 start of season, appoint Alvin Gentry as interim head coach, according to reports

NS Sacramento Kings fired head coach Luke Walton after more than two disappointing seasons, by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Walton, who took over in 2019, was 68-93 during his time at the helm. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry will take over as interim head coach, per Wojnarowski.

There have been whispers about Walton’s future since last season, and they only increased after the Kings’ disappointing start to the campaign. In the first day of this month, a report from The Athletic indicates that Walton is in danger of losing his job if he can’t turn the tide.

Instead, they just got worse. The Kings have lost their last three games, and seven of their last eight outings have lost 6-11 of the season, leaving them in 12th place in the Western Conference. Most recent loss, 123-105 surrender Utah Jazz on Saturday night, there was a fan vomiting on the field following a bit of matching symbolism. With that, Walton is done.

“One thing that really helped us was (that was) we had a very, very clear goal,” Kings general manager Monte McNair told The Athletic. “We want to get this organization back into the knockout stages. We want to get back there, (and) that helps (that) us have a single focus.”

The Kings have not performed post-season since 2006 – the longest drought in the league – and despite a series of raffles, they have yet to make significant progress toward that goal. Walton is the 10th head coach they’ve hired since their last play-off and now they’ll have to start all over again. While there are examples of mid-season coaching changes that revived teams, this risks becoming another failed season for the Kings.

Aside from the coaching issue, there are also concerns with the squad, not least of which are De’Aaron Fox’s slow start of the season. So far, he looks nothing more than a franchise player, averaging 19.7 points and 5.8 assists with 41.9% shots from the pitch and 24.3% from 3-pointers. . His numbers are dwindling across the board, and the Kings simply don’t have the depth or talent to make up for his lack of production.

There are also Marvin Bagley III situation, has dogged the team for some time and epitomizes their recent setbacks. He’s the #2 overall pick in 2018, going above and beyond Luka Doncic and Trae Young, but played only 122 games over three disappointing seasons. He’s currently out of rotation, his agent openly feuds with the franchise, and the Kings risk losing him for nothing in free agency next summer.

While there are some interesting players on this team, including young bodyguards like Tyrese Haliburton and David Mitchell, Gentry – and whoever takes the position of head coach long-term – face a long road ahead.

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