Dave Joerger is the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Less than a week ago, Joerger’s name wasn’t even mentioned as a candidate for the Kings coaching vacancy. Then, out of nowhere, Joerger was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies, and discussions between the Kings and Joerger moved quickly.
It really couldn’t have gone any better for the Kings; this was a big time signing. Dave Joerger is the guy the Kings have been looking for, for years. Joerger is just 42 years old and already possesses an impressive resume.
More on his journey to becoming a head coach in the NBA can be seen in this video, which details his background as a coach before life in the NBA and how he got to where he is now.
Joerger could be considered one of the premier hires of the offseason, he is right up there with Scott Brooks and Tom Thibodeau. He is exactly what this Kings team needed; Joerger will give this team an identity they so desperately needed.
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He will get this Kings team to defend at a high level; something that has been sorely missed over the past couple seasons. His offensive scheme is heavily overlooked too, a scheme which he couldn’t completely utilize with the Grizzlies roster the way it was constructed.
His offensive system involves lots of off ball movement that will create room for DeMarcus Cousins to operate down low.
With plenty of screening, and touches in the post for Cousins, this team can play to it’s potential; the potential it should have played to this season.
Joerger gets his teams to play hard, and in return, he will have your back. This is the kind of guy you want coaching DeMarcus Cousins, and I can see the relationship between these two flourishing.
You could say it was a stroke of luck that Joerger was let go at a time when the Kings could jump all over it. Vlade ceased the opportunity to snag a young, promising coach, who expressed interest in coaching the Kings. It isn’t often you find a coach wanting to come and coach in Sacramento, let alone, one of Joerger’s caliber.
The Kings hired a top-flight executive in Ken Catanella, and they also hired one of the best coaches on the market in Dave Joerger. The offseason couldn’t have started any better for Vlade Divac and the Kings; are things starting to look up in Sacramento?