The Sacramento Kings named Dave Joerger the team's new head coach on Monday. Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings' ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman. The Sacramento Kings camp said that he (Joerger) is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results. Joerger went 147-99 in three seasons with the Grizzlies and took them to the playoffs each year. He led the injury-ravaged team to 42 wins this season, pushing them to the playoffs, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
Reports as far back as November that a growing disconnect between Joerger and his colleagues in the Grizzlies' front office could put his job in jeopardy. Joerger and his family were flown to Sacramento on Sunday to interview with Kings general manager Vlade Divac and then meet with Vivek Ranadive on Monday, when an agreement between the team and coach was finalized. Joerger’s contract with the Kings is reportedly for $12 million over three years.Despite the success he achieved with the Grizzlies, he never was able to get on the same page with Memphis owner Robert Pera. Joerger was hired to replace Lionel Hollins after spending six years as an assistant in Memphis, but Pera never seemed to warm to him. Sacramento is widely known as the most dysfunctional franchise in the NBA, but Joerger's personality is such where he could size the situation up and cut through the nonsense in a matter of weeks.
A direct, outspoken personality like Joerger is exactly what the errant Kings need to get the franchise in order. The Kings front office wants the team to play a progressive style, and Joerger can provide that for this up and coming team. Joerger can get the best out of the immensely talented but sometimes difficult Cousins, who has had five coaches in his six seasons in the NBA. Cousins is coming off his most productive season, averaging a career-high 27.9 points per game, along with 11.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
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