Kings fire head coach Dave Joerger

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Dave Joerger. He was the Kings head coach for three seasons. 

He guided the team to their best record this season in 13-years. The team went 39-43 during the season. 

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“After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level,” said Kings General Manager Vlade Divać. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best.”

According to sources, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton — if he gets fired — is expected to be one of the front-runners for the job. In addition, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams is also expected to be a front-runner, as well. 

In six seasons as an NBA head coach, he has gone 245-247 in 492 games. He also has a 9-13 playoff record. 

He guided the Memphis Grizzlies to three straight playoff appearances from 2013-14 through 2015-16. He also guided the team to the Conference Semifinals in 2014-15. 

With the Kings, he had a 98-148 record. As the Grizzlies coach, he went 147-99. 

His best record as an NBA head coach was a 55-27 record during the 2014-15 season. 

Joerger was an assistant coach with the Grizzlies from 2007-2013. He also was a head coach in the NBA D-League with the Dakota Wizards and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

He also was a head coach with the Cedar Rapids River Raiders in 2004. Joerger was an IBA Champion in 2001. 

The 45-year-old Staples, Minnesota native was a three-time CBA champion in 2002, 2004, and 2005. He also was the CBA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004. 

He was also a D-League Champion in 2007 with the Wizards. 

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