Christian and Jon bat back and forth what could have gone down this season.
May 29, 2019, 10:05 amLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
Six weeks after the Kings hired Luke Walton, his staff has begun to take shape as Bob Beyer, Jesse Mermuys and Canadian coach Roy Rana have been added as assistant coaches.
Beyer most recently coached under Billy Donovan with the Thunder while he previously served in Detroit under Stan Van Gundy. Mermuys follows Walton from Los Angeles to Sacramento, having spent the last three seasons with the Lakers while Rana is a long-time Canadian coach, who leads the country’s under-18 and under-19 national teams. Former King Bobby Jackson will be retained in a player development capacity while the team is expected to add even more staff in the coming weeks.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 1:44 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
The Kings and the NBA announced a joint investigation into the allegations made against Luke Walton on Thursday.
This story is heating up by the day and the team and NBA figure to dive quickly into the fact-finding process of this investigation. With this being such a delicate issue, we will continue to update as more revelations are made and more information is available.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 11:11 amLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of the Athletic is reporting that Luke Walton still has the Kings’ support, despite the sexual assault allegations the newly-hired coach is facing.
The Kings are working with the NBA to investigate allegations made against Walton by his former colleague at Time Warner Cable, Kelli Tennant. The report adds that the two sides are moving forward with their working relationship and there doesn’t appear to be any momentum toward firing Walton, who was hired earlier this month just three days after he parted ways with the Lakers. The Kings confirmed that they were not aware of the accusations until TMZ reported the news and that they will wait for the facts before making a decision on Walton’s future. The investigation has been delayed because all parties haven’t been able to access Tennant’s lawsuit so more information should merge soon.
Source: The Athletic
April 23, 2019, 3:00 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
Per Richard Winton and Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, "Santa Monica police said Tuesday that officials never received a report accusing former Lakers coach Luke Walton of sexual assault, and they are not currently investigating allegations made by a sports reporter."
We will continue to update this situation as it unfolds. Luke Walton recently signed a four-year contract to become the Sacramento Kings head coach.
Source: NBC Sports
April 23, 2019, 12:46 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
The Lakers offered to retain Luke Walton as head coach following Magic Johnson's resignation, but he declined because he was aware that Jeanie Buss previously gave Magic full authority to fire him.
This is an interesting development as it seemed that Walton was a lame-duck coach for a while. Every loss exasperated the media and the hot seat grew hotter, as Lebron James' camp reportedly did not want Walton to stay. The report also states that the Lakers had no idea about the legal accusations being sanctioned on Walton. This new wrinkle would lend credence to those claims.
Source: NBC Sports
April 22, 2019, 9:08 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
As reported on TMZ, a lawsuit shows that Luke Walton is being sued for sexually assaulting a woman in his hotel room while he was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
Walton recently signed on to be the new coach of the Sacramento Kings. We will follow the story to see how it plays out and if it has any ramifications that affect his availability to coach the Kings.
April 13, 2019, 4:48 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Sacramento Kings
The Kings and Luke Walton have agreed to a contract making Walton the next head coach of the Kings through the 2022-23 season.
It was reported earlier that this deal was likely to be agreed upon quickly, and well, it was. Walton was not unemployed long and will get another shot at coaching a young, promising team. The contract for Walton is in-line with that of General Manager Vlade Divac – both are through the 2022-23 season.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
April 13, 2019, 3:48 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings are offering Luke Walton the head coaching position.
Woj also noted that there is mutual confidence that a deal can be reached quickly. Sam Amick also reported that the two sides have already met and are close on a deal. Don't be surprised if the Kings have a new head coach by Monday morning, if not Sunday morning.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 12, 2019, 4:23 pmLuke WaltonTeam, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers released a statement on Friday stating that the team and coach Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways.
GM Rob Pelinka thanked Walton for his service while Walton thanked Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for the opportunity. Ty Lue, LeBron James’ last coach in Cleveland, is a frontrunner to replace Walton according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, while Walton is rumored to be atop the list to replace Dave Joerger in Sacramento. The summer’s just getting started so there will be tons more movement before next season kicks off.
March 1, 2018, 6:31 pmJosh HartSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart will undergo surgery on his left hand to repair a finger he broke in practice on Wednesday.
Hart was starting to mesh a little better and has looked like a promising young player so it is disappointing to see him go under the knife. Lakers coach Luke Walton did say that if Hart is ready to play before the season is over then he will, which is encouraging. You can leave him on the waiver wire until then.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
March 1, 2018, 12:31 pmLonzo BallPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball will return to the starting lineup on Thursday and will have his minutes restriction raised.
This decision was an easy one for Lakers coach Luke Walton once Josh Hart injured his hand in practice. Ball has been solid in his small sample since returning, he’s posted per-game stats of 11.0 points, 7.0 boards, 5.5 assists, 3.0 treys, 1.5 steals, and 2.0 turnovers in just over 20 minutes per game. Ball is expected to have his minutes restriction raised to 30 minutes so you can confidently keep starting him. His high pace and play-making ability will also help his teammates’ value while they are on the floor with him.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
Magic Johnson chewed out Luke Walton, the Lakers squeaked out a win over the hapless Mavericks, and things went from calm to crazy in a matter of moments.
Luke Walton's job status is "not even a conversation" according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The Lakers have lost 12 of their last 13 games and LaVar Ball has recently spoken out about Walton saying that…