Walton was informed of the decision a day after a 123-105 home loss to Utah that sent the Kings down to 6-11 this season.
“After a thorough evaluation of the season so far, I have decided to change the head coach position,” Kings general manager Monte McNair said in a statement. “I want to thank Luke for his efforts and contribution to our team. “
Walton was 68-93 in more than two seasons as a coach, failing to bring Sacramento back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
ESPN first reported the shot.
Associate coach Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis. Gentry was most recently head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He’s also had head coach saves with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix. He has a career record of 510-595.
The Kings have ranked near the bottom of the league in several defensive stats under Walton’s leadership, including points and shooting percentage.
Sacramento has tried to build a core around recent lottery picks like De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell.
But the biggest mistake came the year before Walton arrived when the Kings took Marvin Bagley III in second, ahead of Luka Doncic and Trae Young. Bagley has only played four games this season as he fell out of favor.
The Kings have been at the bottom of the league for years, with their current 15-year period without a playoff spot tied for the longest in NBA history with the Clippers franchise, which missed the 1977 playoffs. in 1991 while playing in Buffalo, San Diego and Los Angeles.
Walton recorded 31-41 records in each of his first two seasons, but couldn’t take a step forward this year and was fired after losing seven of the last eight games.
The situation in Sacramento has been so bad that Walton’s .422 winning percentage with the team is the second-best of 18 coaches since the franchise moved to California in 1985.
Rick Adelman scored 0.633 and led the Kings to the playoffs and a winning record in all eight seasons in charge. Sacramento hasn’t had a single-season winning record with another coach since leaving Kansas City.
Walton, a 10-year NBA player and two-time league champion with the Lakers, is the son of NBA legend Bill Walton.