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Breaking: The Sacramento Kings have fired Luke Walton

After a loss to the Utah Jazz, Sacramento’s head coach has been terminated.
By | 172 Comments | Nov 21, 2021

Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sacramento Kings have fired Head Coach Luke Walton after a 6-11 start to the 2020-2021 campaign.

Walton’s termination is both unsurprising and a bit of an unexpected shift just 17 games into the season. Over the summer, many expected Walton, originally hired by former General Manager Vlade Divac, to be let go after two unsuccessful years in Sacramento, but he was given full approval by current GM Monte McNair back in May:

“Luke will continue to be our head coach. The team finished strong down the stretch, obviously did not ultimately reach our goal, but he has the support of our players, we have a great working relationship and while we both acknowledge that we have to become better in many areas, we’ve built that trust and we need the stability in this organization to ultimately take that next step.”

Later on in the same press conference, McNair reinforced his belief in Walton:

“There was a lot of positives this year. Certainly, not enough, we understand that, but Luke and I talk every day. We have a great working relationship; he’s got the support of the players. We found some success especially late in the season to get back into the play-in race, and ultimately, I felt that we could build on that and that he’s the coach who is going to get us back to the playoffs.”

Although Sacramento’s front office clearly established a very real faith in Luke Walton, the team’s recent play was simply too poor to ignore. After starting the season an impressive 5-4, including wins over the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, the Kings have dropped seven of their last eight games, with their sole victory coming over the lowly Detroit Pistons. Friday night’s blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors and Saturday evening’s loss agains the Utah Jazz were undoubtedly the final straws in Luke Walton’s controversial tenure as Sacramento’s head coach, and may very well mark the final game of his career as a lead man in the league. Over the last 5+ seasons between the Kings and the Lakers, Walton has compiled a record of 166-241, an average of 33 wins per year.

With Walton exiting, the pressure will now mount on Monte McNair to make the correct calls moving forward, as the team’s primary scapegoat is gone. First, he must decide on the team’s interim head coach, a title that will likely fall to the highly experienced Alvin Gentry, a result that doesn’t necessarily evoke excitement. In 17 years of partial or full seasons as a head coach, Gentry has compiled an unimpressive record of 510-595. Woj reports Gentry will be in consideration for the interim role.

Others may call for Doug Christie’s candidacy, but it would be both rare and highly controversial for McNair to select a first-year assistant coach to take over the reins.

Beyond finding Walton’s replacement, management must also quickly find a solution to an unbalanced, uninspired roster. As bad as the coaching was at times over the past couple of seasons, the staff was also granted exactly one quality wing, too many centers, and more high-usage guards than busted Kings draft picks this year. A change in leadership could certainly shake things up for a short time, but additional adjustments must be made if this franchise wishes to make any progress in the coming months. Walton’s termination may have been necessary, but it should also be viewed as the first step to change, rather than as the final remaining move for a squad on pace for just 28 wins.

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GrandCanyonFunyun
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November 21, 2021 10:06 am

Ok

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November 21, 2021 10:34 am

Time to bring up the summer champ Bobby Jackson along with his summer MVP who’s gotten zero minutes despite having literally no wings behind Barnes, finally!!

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November 21, 2021 10:11 am

Dance Thread! Goodbye Puke Walton!
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November 21, 2021 10:44 am
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November 21, 2021 11:00 am
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November 21, 2021 11:01 am
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Straight outta the front row!

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November 21, 2021 11:26 am

Straight outta Comped seats!

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November 21, 2021 10:08 am

It took a fan vomiting on the court for Luke to get fired. How symbolic.

Anyways, this is whatever, we’re still going to suck. Monte, blow it up!

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November 21, 2021 10:30 am
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Someone needs to change Luke’s wikipedia page to note that his final coaching game resulted in puke.
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November 21, 2021 11:00 am
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(R.esulted I.n P.uke)

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November 21, 2021 11:01 am
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Haha! This is good

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November 21, 2021 10:08 am

Finally! I thought the throw-up incident might’ve made them wait on this.

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November 21, 2021 10:10 am

About freaking time. I’m glad Luke is gone, but hanging on to him for so long just shows how awful management is.

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November 21, 2021 10:26 am
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Time for Monte to provide some explanations, right?

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November 21, 2021 10:30 am
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Yes. Then search, search, search and search some more for the right coach. Maybe others.

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November 21, 2021 10:42 am
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Mostly because he’ll let two other teams swoop in at the last second and take his top choice.

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November 21, 2021 10:45 am
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McNair with another “almost”?

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November 21, 2021 10:45 am
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Yep. Was wondering how he’s going to back peddle and cover his ass with cliches and essentially say nothing for however long his press conference goes for.

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November 21, 2021 10:49 am
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I really hope someone quotes him when he said, “Luke will take us to the playoffs” just a few short months ago.

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November 21, 2021 10:49 am
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Who would dare?

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November 21, 2021 10:52 am
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Don’t one or some of the TKH writers have press passes now? That would be awesome!

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November 21, 2021 10:58 am
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I nominate Greg to do it.

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November 21, 2021 11:00 am
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Monte already hates Greg, so he’s got nothing to lose (except the Kings Herald media access).

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November 21, 2021 11:09 am
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You mean Gregory?

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November 21, 2021 11:17 am
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Maybe that Giraffe guy?

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November 21, 2021 11:43 am
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He’d really be sticking his neck out.

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November 21, 2021 11:58 am
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You’d spot him a mile away.

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November 21, 2021 7:20 pm
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Doesn’t he live in Minnesota or something. He could use it once and hitchhike home

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November 21, 2021 10:59 am
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First, fuck you Vivek. Second, this has never felt like McNair was given autonomy. Like the idiot conglomerate of V, Dumars, Marina, Aneel etc all have say and Monte is/was working with parameters.

I still don’t believe McNair would have kept Puke if allowed. I mean, unless he’s a complete idiot. If I knew Walton was terrible, so does any GM in the league.

So, will the little shit owner allow for McNair to have power? I doubt it but if he hires a coach, not just an interim, I’ll feel maybe he’s getting some control.

Same for this idiotic quest for play in. I still think rebuild is way Monte was talking when he first got job but wasn’t allowed.

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November 21, 2021 11:14 am
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McNair will eventually get fired if things stay as they are. Maybe, it would be better for him to challenge Vivek. If he gets fired doing that, it would be better for his reputation around the league.

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November 21, 2021 11:17 am
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Agree. I’d like to see McNair do that. Just so many morons to get past. Let’s not forget Dumars doing what exactly? Except helping Vivek ruin this franchise.

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November 21, 2021 3:32 pm
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This is telling and confirmation what is being reflected here. 4 on 5 does not work in the NBA. I appreciate here we stayed but when you surround yourself with admirers or hangers on you give your people a product to puke over. We will revolt and you have already seen it with the empty seats. Vivek let go and let the basketball minds preform there job and stay in your lane on the business end. Thank you Pete Youngman for trying to bring this to light.

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November 21, 2021 11:04 pm
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Vivek fired him

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November 21, 2021 10:10 am

While I know he didn’t play a main role in the decision, I’d like to thank Puke Man for helping get this done.

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November 21, 2021 10:15 am
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That guy pretty much summed up Walton’s tenure as coach. Nothing more symbolic to end his time here with the Kings.

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November 21, 2021 10:12 am

Now it’s Doug’s turn to get used up by the Vivek shit show machine. Good luck Dougie and I hope we won’t hate you as much as Vlade at the end.

Spoiler alert….we will.

Vivek 🖕🏼

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November 21, 2021 12:34 pm

We really will. Hope doug never gets the HC or GM job.

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November 21, 2021 12:53 pm

Before the end of the year Doug will be HC. The benchmarks that are being given to Gentry are impossible to fulfill.

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November 21, 2021 10:13 am

Finally! Curious, why is there no talk about calling Bobby Jackson up from Stockton? He has a lot of experience and familiarity with current players, plus even though Gentry is more qualified, I’m kinda meh on him and at least Jackson would be fun to root for as a coach.

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November 21, 2021 10:42 am
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I’d love to see McNair give him a shot at the interim job. See what he can do and go from there. Today is a good day

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November 21, 2021 10:45 am
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I’d hope Jackson doesn’t take it and rather prefer to coach in Stockton to get some experience there.

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November 21, 2021 10:13 am

I would be excited, but Alvin Gentry strongly considered to be interim coach. Same old, same old. I`m starting to think Mcnair likes weak coaches who will do what they are told, and not an actual quality head coach.

Refering to the interview where he said, paraphrasing, “I talk to Luke several times a day.”

We will see with interim hire if he just wants toadies and not real quality coach

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November 21, 2021 10:14 am

As I said last night..

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November 21, 2021 10:17 am

Monte just put himself on the hot seat. Maybe we’ll finally get some semblance of urgency.

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November 21, 2021 10:56 am
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One can only hope. I’d certainly like to know why Luke Walton was retained. Maybe it was money. Maybe it was buying time by having a scapegoat. Maybe Fox insisted. Hard to believe McNair actually kept Walton for basketball reasons, but there’s also the possibility the front office is just incompetent.

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November 21, 2021 11:04 am
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Agree. I don’t think McNair was only one making decision.

If the GM is in power he should trade all he can and start real rebuild and hire an actual real coach.

But I doubt V will let him.

Or McNair is actually an idiot and terrible GM. I don’t think that’s the case.

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November 21, 2021 2:26 pm
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i dont agree with the Vivek meddling theory. McNair could have stayed silent but he went out of his way to back Walton. I wouldnt have given the press conference if I was not fully behind the decision.

My take is the organization saw what we all saw i the first few games in the offseason and thought they had a winner. I think we can all agree that we were not clamoring for Luke’s firing 8 games ago.

The problem is this team doesnt adjust and doesnt have confidence. Clearly other teams scouted and took away some of our goto plays and the team never seems to have a plan B and just takes tough shots after tough shots.

Also a lack of a superstar is really hurting. Donovan mitchell is light years ahead of Fox. Eventhough fox has gotten back some, his game seems very predictable.

Bottom line, this team doesnt have an alpha. So the coach needs to be the alpha.

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November 21, 2021 9:01 pm
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Smells like a Vivek move on retaining Walton until this season.

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November 21, 2021 10:18 am

Good start but not enough.

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November 21, 2021 11:04 am
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Unfortunately, enough = Get the fuck out Vivek

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November 21, 2021 10:21 am

Good. I was getting tired of this no moves November.

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November 21, 2021 10:22 am

Nice of you to show up Monte. Don’t stop now.

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November 21, 2021 10:22 am

Anyone else notice that Tim had the article up just 4 minutes after Woj dropped his bomb? I’m guessing that giraffe had this one already written and stashed away for the inevitable.

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November 21, 2021 10:45 am
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I definitely would have. It was only a matter of time.

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November 21, 2021 11:07 am
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or Woj got his info from Tim, who is actually running shit

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November 21, 2021 11:08 am
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Ticking Tim Bomb > Woj Bomb

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November 21, 2021 6:38 pm
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Tim the Woj Whisperer.

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November 21, 2021 5:39 pm
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Yeah, we do prewrites when something seems likely. Tim wrote it and rewrote it several times to keep it up to date.

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November 21, 2021 8:07 pm
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Let us in the looking glass, what’s the next likely thing?

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November 21, 2021 10:23 am

I’m totally expecting the team to still suck eggs and wouldn’t be surprised if they got even worse, but in this case I thought change for the sake of change was necessary even though some media folks have been against a mid-season firing. But this means we’re committed now right? To doing things???

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November 21, 2021 10:25 am

The mark of a poorly managed team is doing this now instead of in June. The only hope now is full tank/fire sale. Good coaching gets this roster to #8. No higher. Take your time and get a top 5 pick and an up and coming assistant with a great pedigree as HC. Each guy on the roster has strengths and weaknesses and not even the best coach can cover up all the weaknesses…
Fox…too soft
Barnes…too small at 4, too slow at 3
Holmes…too light on the D end, needs help at the rim
Buddy…burned out here, lost confidence (and no D)
Haliburton…not quick enough at 1, not strong, aggressive enough at 2
Everybody else…not starting caliber
They have to start over. If McGenius is even McAverage, he has to see that. If not…your new head coach…Doug Christie!

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November 21, 2021 10:48 am
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I have hope for Haliburton, otherwise, I agree.

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November 21, 2021 10:50 am
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Barnes, Haliburton, Holmes, Mitchell and Fox, Len can play on my team. They need a lot more.

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November 21, 2021 1:56 pm
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This roster is nowhere near #8, even with good coaching.

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November 21, 2021 10:25 am

Great start Monte, now trade half the roster.

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November 21, 2021 10:26 am

No reason to stop now

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November 21, 2021 10:27 am

What’s the worst that can happen? We lose more games? Try me.

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November 21, 2021 10:55 am

Ty Corbin maybe?

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November 21, 2021 2:03 pm
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Reggie Theus PartII?

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November 21, 2021 10:28 am

The Kings finally Choosing the Harder Right rather than the Easier Wrong.

The FO needs to replicate this choice by doing it again in terms of hiring a head coach.

Today is a good day.

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really? Firing Walton was a hard decision to make? The kings haven’t chosen anything right

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November 21, 2021 5:24 pm
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Yes, really.

Failing organizations, and people, quite often compound their errors by making continued wrong choices because those choices may appear to be easier in the moment, even though it is clearly the wrong choice, rather than taking a harder right step to fix the problem(s).

The Kings fired Walton today. Completely the right choice. They got that right.

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November 21, 2021 10:29 am

The end of an error. Waltdumb will never again be an NBA head coach. McNair vouching for him back in May was just ridiculous.

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November 21, 2021 10:36 am

I just literally refreshed the page to make sure I was seeing correctly. Thank you, Monte. Now, let’s take our time to properly evaluate the coaching market and best coach to help this team improve long term. Next time, let’s just hire someone to vomit on the court when the coaching is absolute garbage.

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November 21, 2021 10:42 am
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The fans have spoken!
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November 21, 2021 10:40 am
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This smells Matina/Vivekian

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November 21, 2021 11:07 am
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Yup. This is the fear. Those 2 will never learn and back off.

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November 21, 2021 10:41 am
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No more legacy hires with no experience, please. We’ve already gone down that path.

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November 21, 2021 10:42 am
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For reals. Have they not learned a damned thing???

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November 21, 2021 11:08 am
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No they have not. Egos that big tend to rule out rational thought.

I despise Vivek

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November 21, 2021 10:58 am
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Seriously. Don’t ruin Doug Christie’s coaching career with this bad roster before it’s ever been started.

Hire Gentry knowing you won’t retain him, and that it’s not going to add wins. Then actually make a trade.

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November 21, 2021 10:46 am
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All you can do at this point is get drunk and puke.

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November 21, 2021 3:10 pm
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Done and done

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November 21, 2021 11:53 am
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Oh the announcement is coming can confirm. They have been talking about this since he was promoted to the staff because of attendance.

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November 21, 2021 10:40 am

REPORTER: “Walton, what can you say about the loss of your job?”
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November 21, 2021 11:12 am
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Hahahaha!

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November 21, 2021 6:43 pm
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I can’t tell you right now. I’ll get back to you after I watch the tape.

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November 21, 2021 6:45 pm
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Narrator: “He never did watch the tape.”

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November 21, 2021 10:40 am

Unfortunately we now get to see Gentry stumble through the remainder of the season. We need a real search for a real coach.

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November 21, 2021 3:11 pm
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I’d much rather watch that then what we were watching. Not even close.

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November 21, 2021 10:40 am

”Uninspired.” I would take both Christie and Bobby Jackson over Gentry as internal candidates. Or grab Becky Hammon. Be bold.

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November 21, 2021 10:52 am
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I know it looks like a legacy hire, but I would, too. I’d rather go high risk/high reward with Christie or Jackson than with Gentry. Hammon would be great, but would she take a job with this organization?

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November 21, 2021 10:54 am
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I hope Christie and Jackson think about their legacy, and if they want to endanger it.

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November 21, 2021 11:13 am
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What did Christie do to you?

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November 21, 2021 11:16 am
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That’s hilarious.

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November 21, 2021 11:28 am
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Yup, we missed out on Messina before. Go get Becky.

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November 21, 2021 10:41 am

The last game he coached a fan blew chunks all over the floor. A fitting end to another sad chapter of this franchise.

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November 21, 2021 10:45 am

Mega Dance Thread?

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November 21, 2021 10:49 am
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November 21, 2021 10:51 am
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November 21, 2021 10:53 am
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November 21, 2021 11:01 am
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So wrong.

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November 21, 2021 10:52 am
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November 21, 2021 10:47 am

Let’s goooooo

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November 21, 2021 10:48 am

Let’s not forget, Bye Bye Vlade!

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November 21, 2021 11:07 am
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Youngman!

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November 21, 2021 11:07 am
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Yep. Has anything really changed in 8 years?

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November 21, 2021 11:10 am
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8 Years, 3 GMs and 5 coaches. Trickle down ineptitude.

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November 21, 2021 11:34 am
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….0 playoffs.

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November 21, 2021 11:10 am
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Vivek has made the same mistakes multiple times!

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November 21, 2021 5:08 pm
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2 mistakes ahead

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November 21, 2021 9:06 pm
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Sixth time’s the charm! – Vivek

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November 21, 2021 11:05 am

Courtside fan pukes at a blowout loss and coach loses his job. This story just writes itself.

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November 21, 2021 11:23 am
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November 21, 2021 11:22 am

If it’s Gentry, they’re still going for the stupid play-in. If it’s Christie or Jackson, they actually care about player development over the next year. I don’t see it as legacy. The rest of this season should just be an extended training camp.

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November 21, 2021 11:37 am

LOL, Carmichael Dave on Twitter Spaces asking why fans believe that they do not have the influence to demand a change for ownership.

The same Carmichael Dave who came to tell us at the old site that we shouldn’t have a billboard targeting Vivek.

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November 21, 2021 11:52 am
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!!!

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November 21, 2021 11:54 am
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Ha. Doof. And I do think billboard or similar is in order if Vivek doesn’t finally back off.

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November 21, 2021 11:58 am
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I hope others heard it too, because I didn’t believe my ears.

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November 21, 2021 11:56 am
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And this owner/FO is soooo dumb/out of touch they don’t even realize Kings fans would flock back to games if there was an actual rebuild.

Morins for thinking a run at mediocrity-play in- is what we want.

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November 21, 2021 12:04 pm
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Yes, this. We would all quickly get behind a young, passionate team on the rise. Exhibit: Summer League.

BTW Monte, do you know you have no wings, and Louis King is leading the G League at 30 ppg and 77% from 3?

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November 21, 2021 12:07 pm
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Yeah, but that’s just looking at the roster “traditionally.” 😉

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November 21, 2021 12:12 pm
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Sigh, it’s only the most important position in today’s game.

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November 21, 2021 12:12 pm
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After performing so well in Stockton’s first two games, I wonder why Louis King was inactive for games 3 and 4.

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November 21, 2021 12:31 pm
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Injured. Carrying the hopes of being the answer at the 3 from an entire fanbase.

Honestly, no idea.

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November 21, 2021 3:18 pm
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Wait, what?!?!

is that true?

if so…

how the fuck is that guy nit on the roster? Let King get some run at the starting 3 spot and have Metu back up Barnes at the 4.

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November 21, 2021 10:13 pm
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This has been a constant frustration. How come know-nothing fans and other front offices can see the potential in a player – and yet the Kings don’t ever seem to see it. Content traipsing out veteran re-treads and never developing their own young guys…. It’s no wonder others continue to lap Sacramento in rebuilding.

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November 21, 2021 11:38 am

I rather have DC or BJax as the interim instead of Gentry. With Gentry, I’m afraid if the team responds and plays decent and somehow reached the play-in, Vivek will offer him a 3 year contract.

No real coach will want to step in mid-season. Let DC and BJax have at it and do a true coaching search in the off season.

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November 21, 2021 11:40 am

Lindsey Harding? First woman head coach in the NBA?

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November 21, 2021 11:42 am
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I’m all for having females breaking the coaching ceiling in the NBA, but I fully believe if the Kings were the first to hire a woman it would be for PR more than her ability to coach.

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November 21, 2021 11:46 am
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And a possible disaster for the female coach in question and setback for female coaches in general.

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November 21, 2021 11:49 am
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Yup. That’s why I want to see Hammon take over for Pop when he retires in the near future. She’s been groomed by an excellent organization to take over down there.

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November 21, 2021 11:43 am
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Kayte—so she can explain to the players what they don’t understand!

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November 21, 2021 11:58 am
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Jman, will there be a limerick for Walton’s departure?

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November 21, 2021 12:02 pm
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How could I possibly top the poetry of Luke being dumped right after the puke game?

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November 21, 2021 12:03 pm
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No truer words have ever been spoken!

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November 21, 2021 11:45 am

I think we would all agree that it’s far past time for this incompetent, jackass coach to be fired. Walton was constantly outcoached on both ends and could never make any sort of adjustments on defense.

It frankly doesn’t matter who they promote as coach. Coaching was a problem, but they’re never going to win with this roster. The head coach of this team is just playing out the string this year until they’re replaced in the offseason. Just promote Gentry. Don’t ruin Jackson or Christie’s coaching career before it ever starts.

As far as the front office goes, McNair officially looks like an idiot for saying Walton was going to lead this team to the playoffs literally 17 games ago. And congrats on wasting this season instead of firing the coach and improving the roster in the offseason. Both the roster and the coach were obvious problems the day McNair was hired, and the front office has failed to do anything outside the draft about either for two offseasons and two deadlines, until today.

Ultimately, this is a needed move, and the team’s predictable failure to be competitive finally puts the urgency squarely on the front office to stop being passive and actually make a trade. Blaming the interim coach for the team’s failure is not going to fly. It’s time to act, and that can’t happen too soon.

One thing I’ll stand on: If McNair fails to act on improving the roster during this offseason, we’re going to hear “Fire Monte” chants in Golden1 arena early next season, and maybe even later this season.

I finally have some hope for this team. The new coach won’t be worse, and the front office can’t sit around doing nothing any more. The Kings had no chance to improve by doing nothing, and the time for doing nothing is finally over.

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November 21, 2021 12:02 pm
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The coaches change, the GM’s change……

the only thing I’ve seen consistent in all these 8 years of failure is the owner. The head of the snake. (garden snake variety)

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