After finishing a distant ninth in the NBA Western Conference standings, the Sacramento Kings missed the playoffs for the third straight year under head coach Dave Joerger. As a result, he could soon find himself looking for new work.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Kings general manager Vlade Divac is expected to meet with Joerger today and fire him. The Kings have gone 98-148 in three seasons under Joerger.
Sacramento finished the 2018-19 NBA season with a 39-43 record – their highest win total since the 2005-06 season. But they were still nine games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed in the playoffs, and missed the playoffs for the 13th year in a row.
Recent reports indicate that the Kings will be pursuing embattled Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton.
Kings GM Vlade Divac is planning to fire coach Dave Joerger in a face-to-face meeting today, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 11, 2019
At the time of his hiring in 2016, Joerger was one of the hottest coaching candidates in the league. He led the Memphis Grizzlies to three straight playoff appearances, including a 55-27 record and a trip to the Conference Semifinals in the 2014-15 season.
But Joerger’s ability to turn the Grizzlies around did not translate to success in the Western Conference, let alone in the Pacific Division that has been simply dominated by the Golden State Warriors.
In the 13 years since the Kings refused to renew the contract of Rick Adelman, the team has hired and/or fired eight head coaches.
Joerger will make it nine.