Luke Walton Named Head Coach Of The Sacramento Kings

Luke Walton Named Head Coach Of The Sacramento Kings

Walton will be introduced at a press conference later Monday.

"I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings", Kings General Manager Vlade Divac said in a statement. "This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break". With the Lakers and Walton split before he took on the Kings head job, the Lakers are in need of a new head coach themselves.

Sam Amick of The Athletic was the first to report the deal, and NBC Sports California confirmed the details with a league source.

Today, the Kings confirmed that Luke Walton will be their head coach moving forward. The Lakers are coming off a disappointing season in which they failed to make the playoffs, despite having LeBron James on the roster. Walton even filled in for Steve Kerr during the 2015-16 season, guiding the Warriors to a 39-4 start before Kerr returned after dealing with health issues.

The one upper hand that Howard has over Lue is that he not only coached James, he also played alongside him in Miami.

Besides playing for the Lakers, Lue has a much better coaching record.

I recently wrote about how Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams was a person of interest for the Sacramento Kings after they fired their former head coach David Joerger. He then served a season as associate head coach for the Thunder and spent a couple of years in the Spurs' front office before joining the 76ers in 2018-19.

Lue has been out of coaching since he was sacked by the Cavaliers after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season.

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