Dave Joerger reflects on 200 NBA career head coaching wins
It has been a long road for Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger. After the Memphis Grizzlies fired their head coach in 2013, the franchise hired Joerger, who began his head coaching career. Joerger led the Grizzlies to the postseason twice, but he left the organization to pursue a head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings.
Currently, the Kings are one of the worst teams in the NBA. The organization is known for its dysfunctional tendencies. In fact, Joerger is the only head coach in this decade that has lasted for more than a season for the Kings. For Joerger, he definitely has a long road ahead of him if he is going to coach his young Kings into postseason contention. Right now, he’s taking one step at a time with his new team.
On Friday, the Kings defeated the Orlando Magic 94-88 in a hard-fought battle. This victory marks the 200th career win for Joerger. With so much work ahead of him, the Kings head coach reflected on his aspirations and goals for his career, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
“You do reflect upon the people that I chased to be in the NBA,” Joerger said. “Flip Saunders, George Karl, Phil Jackson, Eric Musselman, Rick Carlisle.”
“I still look up to those guys today and maybe someday I’ll get a chance to be there as well,” Joerger said. “But where we are now, that’s very humbling to me.”
Dave Joerger named some of the best coaches in NBA history. In order for Joerger to chase those coaching greats, he will have to win with the team he currently has. That may be a challenge for now since the Kings aren’t close to contention. However, Joerger has the rest of his career to rank among the best coaches in league history. Hopefully, his 200th career win can give him the momentum he needs to help the Kings succeed.