Luke Walton did not lose his job for long. The former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was removed from office Friday after agreeing to part with the team, but now, only a few days later, he has been officially announced as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Reportedly, the agreement will take him through the 2022-23 season, which keeps him in line with the new pact the Kings agreed with General Manager Vlade Divac. The Kings have their new confidence in the brain for the next four seasons. And Divac is excited to have his man in his place.
"I have known Luke for many years and am very excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings." He said Divac "I look forward to his leadership on the field as we work to build a winning culture for many years."
The rent is not surprising at all. It was reported that Walton was the first choice of the Kings from the time they fired Dave Joerger. In any case, the belief around basketball was that the Kings fired Joerger, which comes from the best season the Kings have had in more than a decade, specifically for the opportunity to hire Walton. Walton, in turn, seems to have pressed for his exit from the Lakers with the idea that the Kings would immediately become his next destination. Offers like this take more than a day to develop. Something had to be prepared more time for this to be done, so both parties had to have an idea of mutual interest here.
Now Walton will join a list and a franchise much better adapted to his talents as a coach. The kings are extremely young and are built around the potential stars of & # 39; Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield Y Marvin bagley. The best attribute of Walton as a coach has been his ability to develop young players. Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac Y Alex Caruso All have blossomed out of thin air under Walton's tutelage, and now, the Kings hope it will have the same effect on their more talented core.
For what Walton was not ready was to train a superstar in good faith on a team that wanted to win the championship immediately. He never seemed to earn the respect of Lebron James or the other veterans in their dressing room, but expectations will not be a problem in Sacramento. They have not reached the playoffs in 15 years. He will be a hero if he can overcome them in that hump, and as regards respect in the locker room, the veteran leader of Sacramento is Harrison Barnes. He played on the Golden State Warriors team that Walton led to a record of 39-4 a few years ago and can answer for Walton's credentials as a coach.
This is a perfect fit on paper, an opportunity for Walton to grow as a coach with a perfect team for him without the pressures of leading the Lakers. It is possible that things have not worked in his first job, but he is a talented young coach who deserved another opportunity. He got a really good one with this Kings team.