Prior to the 2016-17 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers hired head coach Luke Walton to grow with the youth core and provide stability.
While Walton and the Lakers made great strides in their first two seasons together, LeBron James by signing in free agency changed expectations.
Although Walton was the coach of the entire 2018-19 season, it was evident from the start that he was not going to be part of the team's long-term plans.
As Walton will become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was critical of the Lakers, according to Drew Costley of SFGate:
"In the NBA you are 100% dependent on your circumstances, the strength of your organization, the momentum, the unity, everything has to be in order," Kerr said. "Because if it's not like that, as we've seen with the Lakers, there will be casualties and usually the coach is the first.
"They're losing one of the best human beings in the NBA, they're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anyone they've met, they're losing someone that the players believe in, the players want to play."
Walton joined Kerr's coaching staff before the 2014-15 season as an badistant coach. And when Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence, Walton became the interim coach and led them to a 39-4 start, the second-best in NBA history.
While there are debates about Walton's training, the Kings will give him an opportunity similar to what he initially had with the Lakers. As the Kings are not the most stable franchise in the league, the hope is that Walton has enough time to develop his young core.