Luke Walton Hired As Next Sacramento Kings Head Coach

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Walton has been hired to coach the Sacramento Kings, who recently fired head coach Dave Joerger after three seasons. He still had two years remaining on his five-year deal.

Walton, who went 98-148 in his three seasons as head coach, thanked the franchise and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who was a staunch supporter of Walton's.

A move to Sacramento then, with its young, raw roster, may be a better fit for Walton heading forward.

The Lakers medical staff was under scrutiny as a litany of injuries to key players plagued the team this season.

Vlade Divac and Luke Walton were Laker teammates in 2004-05. Luckily for Kerr, the state of the Warriors is the polar opposite of that of the Lakers.

Dwyane Wade crashes into Chrissy Teigen, John Legend in epic courtside photo
Wade made a triple-double in his final game with the Miami Heat , who selected the guard with the fifth overall pick 16 years ago. I've got a small problem with the Budweiser ad that ran last night during his final home appearance in Miami.

Walton had been with the Lakers as head coach since 2016.

The Kings showed much growth and improvement in the 2018-19 season, finishing the season with a record of 39-43, a 12-game improvement from the year before.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly. The Lakers' season fell apart during the longest injury absence of James' career, and they ended the season with almost every important player in their young core sidelined by injuries. The club is likely to resume its pursuit of New Orleans Pelcians star Anthony Davis and there are premier free agents such at Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to chase as well.

The search for Walton's replacement is already underway, with ESPN reporting former Cavaliers coach and LeBron confidant Ty Lue is a "strong frontfunner." It was a decision that had been rumored for a while and Johnson even alluded to it in the press conference when he resigned.

Multiple reports suggest that Walton, 39, is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

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