Former Kings coach Luke Walton was on the hot seat for years.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:
Alvin Gentry, himself having been dismissed by New Orleans following that 2020 campaign, chose to join Walton’s staff that October despite being offered a more lucrative role on Doc Rivers’ bench in Philadelphia, sources said
Gentry sacrificed money to join a winner and instead went to “Basketball hell”? It’s hard to find a justification other than believing he could eventually succeed Walton as the Kings’ head coach.
This doesn’t mean Gentry undermined Walton. If Ranadive were so down on Walton that Gentry could see signals strong enough that he turned down Philadelphia, Sacramento should have dumped Walton sooner.