Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Sacramento Kings officially announce Luke Walton as new head coach

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Cassandra Castillo | 16 April, 2019, 04:11

In a statement on the team's website, general manager Vlade Divac explained how happy they are to have Walton on board. "This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break". Terms of Walton's contract with the Kings were not revealed. He was hired as Lakers head coach in 2016 after an National Basketball Association career that saw him play for the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The other coach who is reportedly in the mix is former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. "Because if it's not, as we've witnessed with the Lakers, then there's going to be casualties, and usually the coach is the first one".

The Kings have a strong young core.

The 39-year-old Walton was 98-148 in three years with Los Angeles in his first full-time head coaching job.

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Despite all of the injuries and Anthony Davis trade rumors, Walton was ultimately held responsible for them missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

"Our new coach, which I'm looking for, has to bring, first of all, that style we had past year - that's Kings style", Divac said.

With the inclusion of Howard, it is interesting to note that the two coaches that the Lakers reportedly have expressed interest in include two coaches that have experience working with Lakers star LeBron James. He is the 10th coach since Rick Adelman left the post after eight years at the helm following the 2005-06 season. In fact, since moving to Sacramento before the 1985-86 season, the only winning seasons for the Kings came in Adelman's eight years at the helm, highlighted by a trip to the Western Conference final in 2002.

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