Sacramento will lengthen its playoff drought to fifteen seasons this 12 months, and rumors are aflutter in regards to the standing of Luke Walton. The Kings had the worst protection in league historical past this 12 months (although not relative to league common), and their lack of ability to execute in high-pressure conditions has to partially fall on the teaching workers.
This group isn’t any stranger to shifting on from head coaches. In Vivek Ranadivé’s tenure, the Kings have had 5 already: Mike Malone, Ty Corbin, George Karl, Dave Joerger, and Walton. It wouldn’t be out of character for the crew to pin its issues on the top coach.
However possibly that’s the rationale the Kings shouldn’t, no less than in line with De’Aaron Fox.
Fox instructed Howard Beck of Sports activities Illustrated that he wish to see the Kings proceed to develop collectively. Which means the gamers and the coaches. It helps that Fox known as Walton “somebody that I’ve grown to belief”, and he’d wish to see that relationship play itself out:
“If you happen to’re not profitable as a crew, guys get traded, guys who had been barely hanging on … get reduce and are out the league and coaches get fired,” mentioned Fox, who has seen all of that in his temporary profession. Maybe with that in thoughts, Fox made a broad case for continuity, noting that one of the best groups are those the place “gamers play collectively longer and develop chemistry, and coaches proceed to develop and belief all their gamers.”
“Everyone needs to proceed to develop collectively and preserve this group collectively, and proceed to play for a coach that you simply belief in,” he mentioned.
It actually works in Walton’s favor that the franchise celebrity is publicly complimenting him, if not outright going to bat for Walton. And despite the fact that the postseason drought is at 15 seasons, Walton solely holds blame for 2 of these, and the entrance workplace didn’t precisely construct a playoff-caliber roster for the Kings to compete with this 12 months.
Then once more, that is Walton’s fifth 12 months as a head coach, and he’s did not make the playoffs in all of them, so it’s price contemplating if he’s the suitable man to steer the Kings ahead. Fox appears to need to give him an opportunity. Ought to Monte McNair?