Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac is giving head coach Dave Joerger his full support after a recent report surfaced about the philosophical differences between the team’s front office and the coaching staff.
Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee got Divac’s comment on the rumor:
“Dave has our full support and confidence,” Divac said. “We continue to work together to develop our young core and compete.”
The young Kings are actually off to a solid start. Despite many critics expecting them to rebuild and maybe tank this year, they are currently sitting with an 8-8 record. Thanks to the impressive play of sophomore De’Aaron Fox and scorer Buddy Hield, the Kings are becoming an interesting team to watch.
As for the Joerger issue, the Kings’ front office reportedly has a problem with his handling of rookie Marvin Bagley III. The No. 2 pick is playing over 22 minutes per game, but apparently the expectation was that the youngster would be playing more.
Still, Joerger has helped transform the Kings into an excellent offensive team. They are currently ranked sixth in points per game (113.7), 3rd in 3-point percentage (38 percent) and ninth in assists (24.4). Joerger has also successfully motivated his players to play hard on defense as they are now first in forcing opponents to commit turnovers (16.8).
Moving on from Joerger would be a rash move, though the Kings have made their share of those in recent years.