Sacramento Kings hire Luke Walton as coach
The Sacramento Kings hired Luke Walton as their coach Monday, just days after the Los Angeles Lakers parted ways with him following three losing seasons.
Neither the Kings nor Walton waited long following changes that came just after the end of the regular season. Sacramento fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday following a 39-43 finish that was the best record for the franchise in 13 years, while Walton was dismissed in Los Angeles a day later when he failed to get the Lakers into the postseason in the first year with LeBron James.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac met with Walton on Saturday and the two sides quickly came to the agreement that was formally announced Monday.
The 39-year-old Walton was 98-148 in three years with Los Angeles in his first full-time head coaching job. He was 39-4 as interim coach of the Golden State Warriors in 201516 while Steve Kerr was sidelined.