The decision came after a 123-105 loss to the Utah Jazz in which they did little to inspire victory.
While there was much speculation in the build-up to the game that this might be the last chance for Walton, the writing was essentially on the wall for the 41-year-old, who has spent just over three seasons with the California side.
Gentry has strong backing for position
It is likely, at least in the interim, that the Kings’ associate head coach Alvin Gentry is likely to take over and will be given a chance to revive the team’s fortunes.
Walton previously held the same position at the LA Lakers between 2016-2019 before being let go, with a record of 98-148, while he posted stats of 68-93 for the Kings.
Sacramento sit 12th in the Western Conference, though have some tough fixtures ahead as we enter the Christmas period.
They haven’t reached the post-season since 2006 and while it is unlikely there will be a quick turnaround, an improvement is likely to take priority should Gentry be installed.
Defensive Improvement Needed
While the Kings appear to have no problem in offense, it is at the other end of the court where a major problem lies.
Much more is needed from recent lottery picks, De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Halliburton and Davion Miychell – something that Gentry will be keen to address sooner rather than later.
The Kings have one of the worst records in the entire NBA and have been in decline for the best part of two decades.
Their current 15-year spell without making the playoffs is tied with the LA Clippers who held this undesirable record between 1977 and 1991. A revival is sorely required .
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