Lakers, Kings let Luke Walton go

Written by By Elisinio Castillo, CNN Puerto Rico

Former LA Lakers coach Luke Walton has been ousted from Kings coach in the midst of a 6-11 start to the season. The firing was announced by team president Vlade Divac on Monday.

Marvin Williams — who played for the Lakers — has been announced as the new Kings head coach.

The Kings are owned by former NBA superstar Chris Webber who released a statement announcing the change.

“I am very appreciative of everything Luke Walton did for our organization. Luke left an incredible legacy of developing young players in Los Angeles and helping this team to make a championship run,” said Webber in a statement.

“I wish Luke all the best in his future endeavors and can’t thank him enough for his hard work and dedication. We’ve already begun the search for the best coaching candidate to lead our players and staff into the future.”

Walton, who played for the Indiana Pacers and a number of teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, took over as Kings head coach from Mike Malone in 2016.

According to ESPN, the firing comes on the eve of the team’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The second oldest of 11 children, Walton has two grown children.

Walton is not the first sports coach to be replaced this summer. New Celtics coach Brad Stevens made big changes to his coaching staff this offseason, firing nearly half of his coaches.

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