The Kings don’t need an apology to sack coach Luke Walton, but if they’re looking for a way to justify a move ahead of the NBA All-Star hiatus, they could replay the last minute of their Sunday home defeat at The Hornets.
Sacramento led Charlotte 1:13 by eight points to play in the fourth quarter. From that point on, the Kings missed five free throws, allowed two 3-pointers, committed a three-shot foul and abandoned a 3-point game, the latter from Malik Monk 1.4 seconds ahead, which eventually gave the Hornets 127 -126 victory.
“NBA games never end and we should know that. We did something similar last year in Minnesota. But at the end of a game we have to take out more teams and opponents when we have our chances and we didn’t.” don’t do it, “a stoic Walton told reporters.
The Kings have lost 10 of their last 11 games, falling to 13-21 for the season. They were looking for two wins on Sunday after breaking a streak of nine losses on Friday. You are 13th in the Western Conference and four games behind the Grizzlies in 10th place.
While Walton talked about his team learning from the loss and moving on, a lot of Twitter has been ready to move on from Walton, who is between 44 and 62 years old for over 44 years as a Kings coach:
The kings with one of the biggest breakdowns I’ve seen in a long time.
That could be the end of Luke Walton
– Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) March 1, 2021
How did Luke Walton get a job?
– Jonn Mathews (@SnackmanJones) March 1, 2021
After this loss of Kings, Luke Walton is able to hand over his keys to the gym. These are over.
– Swiff D ™ (@SwiffD) March 1, 2021
Luke Walton wants someone to be an assistant coach soon
– Lupine Arsène .. (@_Beezo__) March 1, 2021
Does anyone know the odds for Luke Walton? I am trying to make easy money
– Niko (@nikodaboin) March 1, 2021
The verdict was not unanimous; Some blamed the players.
Is it really Luke Walton’s fault that the Kings lost? I mean they missed 6 of their last 7 free throws lol
– t (@ terranceseki19) March 1, 2021
Luke Walton is not the problem at this point …..
– Jalen Manning (@SlowMoManning) March 1, 2021
But going 1-10 in the last 11 and not being in the conference top 10 in the middle of the season is the kind of coaching math that makes a difference.