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Kings fire Luke Walton after two-plus seasons

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Like Walton on Sunday. He led the team for two-plus seasons.

His departure comes after the Kings fell to 6-11 overall. His last game coaching the team was on Ssturday night when the team lost 123-105 to the Utah Jazz.

Luke Walton speaks with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during a break in action against the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Getty Images)

He has been replaced on an interim basis by veteran head coach Alvin Gentry, who joined the team before the 2020-21 season as an associate head coach. This is his sixth head coaching opportunity.

Gentry last served as the head coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, where he led the team from 2015 through 2020. He’s 510-595 as a head coach.

His first game with the Kings as their interim coach will be on Monday at home against the Philadelphia 76ers.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski will receive an increase in pay with this promotion. His contract runs through the 2022-23 season. 

Wojnarowski says that Gentry will try to keep the job longer than his contract currently runs. 

The 41-year-old led the Kings since the 2019-20 season. He guided the team to back to back 31-41 records before the 6-11 record this season.

The Kings have several good young players. However, the team is hoping that this change will help spark the team for a playoff push the rest of the season. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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