The Kings started this season at 30-26 and were in the playoff hunt until a 9-17 finish left them nine games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final spot. The players also appeared to like Joerger. He was awarded with an extension for his efforts, but now, he's making some big changes to the coaching staff.
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac has fired coach Dave Joerger after the team's best season since 2005-06, it was announced Thursday.
"The next level is to be a team that is going to be a playoff team and down the road a contender", Divac said.
But given how well the Kings played this year and how the roster far exceeded expectations, it seems like an odd move to let him go now. The team appears to have a bright future centered around second-year guard De'Aron Fox and rookie forward Marvin Bagley.
The Kings lost to 136-131 to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday when Joerger made a decision to sit his starters in the second half.
"According to sources, the fate of the Kings' third-year coach rests exclusively in Divac's hands", Amick reported. It's clear he is cleaning house to rebuild his own structure, and firing Joerger puts the team in his palms.
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