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Kings fire Luke Walton, name Alvin Gentry as interim coach

2021-11-21 23:25:20 GMT+00:00 – The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday and named Alvin Gentry as the workforce’s interim head coach.

The Kings have misplaced seven of their final eight video games and 11 of 17 to start out the season.

“After a thorough evaluation of the season thus far, I decided to make a change to the head coach position,” Kings normal supervisor Monte McNair stated. “I want to thank Luke for his efforts and contributions to our team.”

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Walton, 41, owns a 68-93 file in two-plus seasons as coach of the Kings. He additionally posted a 98-148 mark in three seasons as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Kings went 31-41 in every of Walton’s first two seasons in Sacramento, with the workforce ending tied for eleventh place within the Western Conference final season — two video games exterior of a spot within the play-in match.

Gentry, 67, will serve as the pinnacle coach of his sixth NBA workforce. He has a 510-595 file whereas teaching the Miami Heat (1995), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-03), Phoenix Suns (2008-13) and New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20).

The Kings haven’t been to the playoffs in 15 years general (2006), tying the Clippers franchise — a string that started in 1977 when the Clippers had been recognized as the Buffalo Braves and ran via 1992 — for the NBA’s longest playoff drought.

(Field Level Media)

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Nov 19, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton calls out from the sideline during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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