Sacramento Kings to hire Luke Walton as next head coach

15 April, 2019, 05:14 | Author: Isabel Grant
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It took less than 24 hours for Walton to be named the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings, while the Los Angeles Lakers will begin their search.

Walton met with Kings general manager Vlade Divac on Saturday, and The Athletic's Sam Amick reported the two had reached agreement on a deal that is expected to run through the 2022-23 season.

Shortly after the news broke, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about the move and gave his thoughts on Walton, his former assistant coach and good friend.

James and the Lakers' players have been uniformly supportive of Walton, who managed to keep his team playing hard and harmoniously under the Los Angeles microscope despite multiple major injuries and distractions.

The NBA's coaching carousel has begun spinning, as a number of teams that have found themselves out of the playoffs decided to make coaching changes. Pelinka called Walton leaving a mutual decision.

The Lakers made the announcement Friday afternoon, with general manager Rob Pelinka - the organization's top personnel executive with the departure earlier this week of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson - wishing Walton well.

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The Lakers won 37 games this season and missed the playoffs for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.

The Cavs named Lue head coach in the middle of the 2016 Championship season after the firing of Blatt.

Like Walton, Joerger also had a 98-148 coaching record in three full seasons. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so.

He certainly has coached some of the game's biggest stars and egos.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is rumored to be the front-runner for the open vacancy for the same role with the Lakers.

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