Sacramento Kings hire Luke Wal­ton as coach

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports & Classified -

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.

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