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Kings fire Walton following slow start to NBA season

By Sports Desk November 21, 2021

The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Luke Walton amid their struggles this season, the NBA franchise announced on Sunday.

Sacramento lost patience with former Los Angeles Lakers coach Walton after losing seven of eight games to drop to 6-11 in 2021-22.

The Kings – who are 12th in the Western Conference and have not reached the playoffs since 2005-06 – promoted associated head coach Alvin Gentry to take over on an interim basis.

"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."

Walton – an NBA champion as a player with the Lakers – had a 68-93 record as Kings coach following his arrival in 2019.

The Kings have had 10 coaches since last featuring in the postseason, with Gentry set to be the 11th since Rick Adelman guided the franchise to a 34-35 finish in 2006 and a first-round berth.

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