The writing has been on the wall for some time and the Sacramento Kings have finally done something about it.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA franchise has fired head coach Luke Walton following the team’s seventh loss in eight games, which dropped them to 6-11 on the season. It also comes a night after a blowout home loss to the Toronto Raptors in which the crowd chanted “Fire Luke Walton” and a court-side patron vomiting on the floor.

Kings associate head coach Alvin Gentry is expected to be interim head coach given his extensive history as a head coach in the NBA.

Walton was hired by the Kings in 2019 following a three-season stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. His Kings teams put up back-to-back 31-41 seasons before starting 6-11 this year. Walton’s record with the Kings was 68-93 overall. In five full seasons as a head coach, he has never led a team to a winning record.

The firing felt inevitable to many, especially as some of his own players seemingly took shots across the bow when asked about their motivations and whether or not Walton was the guy to lead them.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of strong reactions on social media from the NBA world following the news.

It’s been a tough stretch for the Kings franchise for the last decade. They haven’t had a winning season since 2006 and it’s been a long time since the Chris Webber days. But if this sparks a return to winning ways for the franchise, Kings fans are more than ready to welcome it.

[Woj]

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle.