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|April 21, 2019|
Ex-Laker Luke Walton jobless for only 1-day
SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to a four-year deal on Saturday. Walton replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired after three seasons.
Walton went 98-148 in three seasons with the Lakers, including a 37-45 mark this season. Before going to Los Angeles, he was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, where he led the team to a 39-4 mark to open the 2015-16 season while coach Steve Kerr was recovering from back issues.
Kerr spoke about Walton before the Warriors hosted Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, as seen in a video tweeted by Logan Murdock of NBC Sports.
“That was quick,” Kerr said. “Great opportunity though, really nice young team. I thought Dave Joerger did a tremendous job there the last few years. They’ve established a really good foundation. It’s a hell of an opportunity for him.”
Walton, who mutually agreed to part ways with the Lakers on Friday, was contacted by the Kings in the first hour after the split.
The Kings hired Dave Joerger before the 2016-17 season. He was fired Thursday, one day after the Kings’ season ended at 39-43, the team’s best record since its last playoff appearance in 2005-06. However, Sacramento went 9-16 after the All-Star break and have the NBA’s longest current postseason drought at 13 years.
Like Walton, Joerger also had a 98-148 coaching record in three full seasons.
Story Date: April 17, 2019