Report: Kings coach Dave Joerger asked that assistant GM Brandon Williams not be present at Thursday’s shootaround
The Sacramento Kings are off to a shocking 10-10 start, but it wouldn’t be an NBA season without some kind of issue in Sacramento. This time, it revolves around head coach Dave Joerger and assistant general manager Brandon Williams. There are questions regarding Joerger’s job security, and the head coach believes Williams is trying to force Joerger out so he can take over as head coach.
On Thursday, Joerger asked that Williams leave the team’s shootaround according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
According to sources, Joerger on Thursday asked that Williams not be present for the team’s shoot-around in advance of the Kings’ home game against the Clippers. Williams, who had returned from an extended stretch of travel on Wednesday that had helped avoid these sorts of conflicts, subsequently left the shoot-around with Divac as a result of Joerger’s request. Joerger, the sources say, believes that Williams was the source of the story and is upset with the organization for not levying any discipline against Williams.
It’s sad that the petty infighting and internal strife is overshadowing the strong start by Joerger’s upstart Kings. The tug of war for power going on behind the scenes is something out of “Game of Thrones.” It’s not something that you expect to hear going on around a basketball team that’s playing really well.
It’s still unclear how this situation will resolve itself, but as long as Dave Joerger is winning, his job is likely safe. At least one would think that would be the case.