Luke Walton Rumors
Walton and successor Alvin Gentry are both former Warriors assistant coaches and the buzz in league circles has already generated the names of two current Warriors assistants — Mike Brown and Kenny Atkinson — who are expected to receive consideration for the Sacramento job if Gentry is not promoted from interim to full-time head coach as he was in Detroit and Phoenix.
Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said it came as a “bit of a shock” when Luke Walton was fired, but now the team has to move forward under interim coach Alvin Gentry. Fox addressed the media following shootaround as the Kings prepared to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at Golden 1 Center. Fox was the first player to speak publicly since the Kings fired Walton on Sunday after going 6-11 to start the season. “You’ve just got to keep on pushing,” Fox said. “Obviously, you have some guys who have been through it in the middle of a season before, but you can’t go into the game worried about what happened. We’ve still got games to play. We still have plays to run, so we still go in there and you’ve just got to be ready to play.”
Sean Cunningham: Alvin Gentry says there was nothing Luke Walton did as head coach that he disagreed with. “This isn’t about changing philosophies.” Agees with De’Aaron Fox in saying the emphasis on the players
Sean Cunningham: De’Aaron Fox said he doesn’t expect his Kings to have a big overhaul when it comes to changes from Luke Walton to Alvin Gentry, but put emphasis on finishing plays and getting out to good starts.
James Ham: From Luke Walton this morning: “I want to thank the Kings organization for the opportunity and I want to thank the players and the coaching staff for their support and hard work. I genuinely care for each of them and wish them nothing but success.” -Luke Walton