Luke Walton says there’s already ‘trust’ between him and Kings GM Vlade Divac
The Sacramento Kings have officially hired former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, and it seems that his working relationship with General Manager Vlade Divac is off to a good start.
During his introductory press conference, Walton says there’s already trust between him and Divac, having played together in the mid-2000s.
New Kings coach Luke Walton on his relationship with Vlade Divac: "There's trust that's already between us that would take years to build." pic.twitter.com/B4YurPzuXE
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 15, 2019
Luke Walton and Vlade Divac played one year with the Lakers back in 2005, so it is safe to assume that they have a solid relationship.
The Kings came close to making the playoffs this season, and during the last few weeks of February, they were actually the eighth seed in the Western Conference. However, Sacramento was unable to hold onto that spot. They have lost 14 of their final 22 games and ended the regular season with a 39-43 record.
This resulted in the Kings firing coach Dave Joerger.
However, it didn’t take long for Sacramento to find a new coach. Less than 72 hours after the Lakers fired Walton, there were already reports that the Kings have chosen him to call the shots for the team next season.
Walton will once again have the opportunity to help a young team grow. The Kings have a promising core led by De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Sacramento might no longer need to look for a star this summer, as those two youngsters have shown that they have what it takes to become franchise players.
There is no doubt that the Kings are on the rise, but whether or not Walton will be able to help them get to the playoffs next season remains to be seen.
Still, this is going to be a fresh start for Luke.