Kings GM Vlade Divac sticking by Luke Walton amid rough start to season
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac made this bed, and now he has to sleep in it, so to speak.
The Kings were one of the surprising teams in the Western Conference last season, winning 39 games under head coach Dave Joerger, who oversaw the growth of youngsters like De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.
Despite Joerger helping the Kings to their highest win total since 2008, however, Divac elected to sack him and hire former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton.
Walton also dealt with sexual assault allegations before he coached a single game for the Kings, who have started the season with a 2-5 mark.
Nonetheless, Divac told David Aldridge of The Athletic that he supports his head coach:
“Very happy with him,” Divac texted Sunday. “His approach, communication and relationship with the players needs more time and he needs to learn about personalities but I really like what I see. It’s a process; can’t do stuff over night.”
Divac has been extremely controversial in his position. His hiring came at the hands of Vivek Ranadive, who has drawn the ire of fans throughout Sacramento.
Now, he says that Walton needs time to build with his players despite the fact that Joerger had already established relationships and a winning culture.
The Kings have the talent to make a run at the playoffs in the West, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will ever become perennial winners under their current leadership.