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RUMOR: Luke Walton’s future with Kings after poor performance in first half of season

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Despite a promising 3-2 start to the 2020-21 NBA season, Luke Walton and the Sacramento Kings have since fallen back to earth and are once again bottom-feeders in the Western Conference. Heading to the All-Star break, the team is just 14-22 on the campaign, which puts them at 13th in the standings.

With the team continuing to struggle, questions about Walton’s future with the Kings is once again put under the microscope. After all, since taking over the reins as head coach, Walton has never had a winning record and is 45-63 in his 108 games manning the sidelines for the Sacramento franchise.

However, according to James Ham of NBC Sports, Walton’s job is safe for now, at least. The 40-year-old tactician is expected to continue coaching the Kings when they return to the court on March 11.

Despite a disappointing first half of the season, Luke Walton is still the head coach of the team heading into the All-Star break and according to league sources, he will continue to lead the team when games resume next Thursday.

For what it’s worth, it’s not an assurance that he will coach the Kings throughout the second half of the campaign. Coaches are often the first ones to be blamed for the team’s struggle, and in the volatile NBA environment, decisions such as firing staff and trading players are easy to make when the front office feels it’s necessary.

The best example of that is Lloyd Pierce, who was fired by the Atlanta Hawks for the team’s 16-20 record despite all the talent they have. Atlanta wasn’t even able to wait until the All-Star break to part ways with their coach, eventually hiring Nate McMillan on an interim basis.