On Thursday, the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Dave Joerger after three seasons with the organization. Joerger seemed to have the Kings moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, general manager Vlade Divac decided to move into another direction. If recent decisions are taken into account, the Kings probably set themselves back for another decade.
The Kings finished the season with a (39-43) record. No, it’s not a great record for an elite NBA team. However, the Kings haven’t won this many games since Rick Adelman led them to a (44-38) season in 2005-06. They finished that season with their second straight first round exit in the Western Conference playoffs. Adelman was let go shortly after.
Fittingly, the Kings have had nine coaches since 2006. Now, they will be looking to hire their 10th head coach in 13 years. Furthermore, the Kings haven’t made the playoffs in 13 seasons.
The lack of consistency has been apparent for a decade. With Divac looking to gain more power within the organization, he wants to mold the Kings a different way. Still, this is a big gamble that may not pay off in the end.
Certainly, the Kings didn’t finish the season the way everybody expected. They were in playoff contention late in the season. However, they were (9-16) after the all star break. The move to acquire Harrison Barnes didn’t have the desired outcome as well. Once Barnes became of a member of the Kings, they went (11-17). Many people failed to notice because the Los Angeles Lakers were floundering much worse.
The Kings have a nice, young nucleus. De’Aaron Fox leads the way from the point guard position. They produced the No. 9 scoring offense at 114.2 points per game. Unfortunately, the Kings were in the bottom five of scoring defense this season. They gave up a little more than 115 points per game.
Joerger finished his three year tenure with a (98-148) record. He also coached the Memphis Grizzlies for three seasons where he led them to a (147-99) record. Joerger was (9-13) in 22 playoff games with the Grizzlies. He was fired from there as well.