SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — Luke Walton is out as the Sacramento Kings head coach, and five-time NBA head coach Alvin Gentry has been named interim coach.

The Sacramento Kings fired Walton after the team’s disappointing start to the season, ESPN first reported on Sunday.

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Walton’s firing comes a day after a 123-105 home loss to the Utah Jazz that dropped the Kings to 6-11 on the season.

Associate Head Coach Alvin Gentry will serve as interim head coach of the Kings.

“After a thorough evaluation of the season thus far, I decided to make a change to the head coach position,” Kings General Manager Monte McNair said in a prepared statement. “I want to thank Luke for his efforts and contributions to our team.”

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Gentry brings more than 35 years of experience to the Sacramento bench.

Prior to the Kings, Gentry most recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). Gentry also has head coaching stops with the Miami Heat (1995), Detroit Pistons (1997-2000), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-2003) and Phoenix Suns (2008-2013). In 1,105 games, Gentry has garnered a career record of 510-595 (.462).

Sacramento currently sits at 12th place in the Western Conference. The team has not reached the playoffs since Rick Adelman’s final year as head coach during the 2005-06 campaign.

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Walton was the 10th head coach of the team since then. Since taking over in 2019, he had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to turn Sacramento back into a playoff team.