As we near the conclusion of the NBA's Regular Season and the Sacramento Kings are still - somehow - within striking distance of the Play-In Tournament, there are whispers that Head Coach Luke Walton may be kept around for another season.
We had friend to all Kings fans Jill Adge on the podcast to discuss all the pros and cons for keeping Walton for another season. We talked about this late season surge, debated the argument for locker room continuity, and went through Jill's favorite Head Coach options if the Kings decide to move on from Walton. Some of Jill's favorite options include Denver Nuggets' Associate Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr., Philadelphia 76ers' Assistant Coach Sam Cassell, San Antonio Spurs' Assistant Coach Becky Hammon, and Los Angeles Clippers' Assistant Coach Kenny Atkinson.
Personally, I see few pros and many cons to keeping Walton around - any coach who suffers more than one nine-game losing streak shouldn't be kept around, in my book. But I do know that we, as fans with no access or insight to the locker room this season, don't see how the team is supporting Walton or are hoping for another season with him. It's also fair to say that this team could have fully quit on Walton many times this season, and yet they're still playing tough and mostly together on a nightly basis.
But if Monte McNair does feel that Walton should be kept for another season, he better be right on this gamble. If the Kings flounder around .500 after another season with Walton, it may not just be Walton whose time in Sacramento could be cut short.