Luke Walton Named Head Coach of Sacramento Kings After Lakers Fire Him

Can Luke Walton take the Kings to the NEXT LEVEL

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton wasn't on the open market for very long, as the Sacramento Kings officially announced Walton as their new head on Monday morning. Walton's split with the Lakers came just three days after Magic Johnson stepped down as the president of basketball operations of the organization.

Kings fans FOX40 spoke with over the weekend had mixed feelings about Walton as head coach.

Walton, whose departure from the Lakers was announced on Friday, was rapidly identified by Sacramento as their preferred successor to Dave Joerger, who was sacked last Thursday.

Walton even filled in for Steve Kerr during the 2015-16 season, guiding the Warriors to a 39-4 start before Kerr returned after dealing with health issues.

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With the inclusion of Howard, it is interesting to note that the two coaches that the Lakers reportedly have expressed interest in include two coaches that have experience working with Lakers star LeBron James.

"I think (Walton) coming to Sacramento would be an awesome thing for this young team here", fan Albert Belloso said. The Kings finished 39-43, nine games out of a playoff spot after being tied for the Western Conference's eighth seed heading into the final game before the All-Star break. He is the 10th coach since Rick Adelman left the post after eight years at the helm following the 2005-06 season.

Joerger was the ninth coach since Adelman was sacked in 2006 and none was able to post a winning record or earn a playoff berth.

Walton is the 18th coach for the Kings since the franchise relocated to Sacramento prior to the 1985-86 season.

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