KINGS FIRE LUKE WALTON AFTER A TERRIBLE START WITH A RECORD OF 6-11. ALVIN GENTRY NAMED INTERIM COACH FOR THE MEANTIME.

Omni (WSN)

Nov 23, 2021

The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Luke Walton and named Alvin Gentry interim coach, the team announced Sunday. Walton posted 31-41 records in each of his first two seasons but was unable to take a step forward this year and was fired after losing seven of the past eight games.

“After a thorough evaluation of the season thus far, I decided to make a change to the head coach position,” said Kings General Manager Monte McNair. “I want to thank Luke for his efforts and contributions to our team.” Gentry brings more than 35 years of experience to the Sacramento bench. Prior to the Kings, Gentry most recently served as coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). Gentry has also had head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix and has a career record of 510-595. Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to get Sacramento back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The Kings ranked near the bottom of the league in several defensive statistics under Walton’s leadership, including scoring and shooting percentage. Sacramento has tried to build a core around recent lottery picks like De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell. The Kings have been at the bottom of the league for years, with their current 15-year stretch without a playoff berth tied for the longest in NBA history.