The Kings introduced new head coach Dave Joerger on Tuesday morning at a press conference in downtown Sacramento.
The Kings believe the hiring of Joerger is the start of a unified vision between the head coach and front office that has been absent in recent seasons.
Team general manager Vlade Divac inherited former coach George Karl, but led an extensive search that ended with Joerger’s hiring on Monday morning.
“The coach and the general manager are absolutely on the same team,” Joerger said. “And going forward like this, our front office, our coaching staff, that’s going to go all the way through the organization.”
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Divac said the instability that has plagued the Kings and gave the franchise the reputation around the league as a dysfunctional destination, is ending with the hiring of Joerger, who as 147-99 with three playoff appearance in three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before being fired on Saturday.
The Kings, an annual participant in the NBA Draft Lottery, are coming off a 33-49 season – the most wins in eight years. But it wasn’t nearly good enough to qualify for the playoffs, a streak that has now reached 10 consecutive seasons.
“In California we’ve got the food chain In-N-Out, and here we’ve got (a team philosophy that) either you’re in or you’re out,” Divac said.
Joerger is the fourth coach since Vivek Ranadive became majority owner of the Kings in 2013. That rotating door of head coaches is a reason the Kings have been viewed as unstable and likely kept some coaches from interviewing for the job.
Joerger, however, sees a great opportunity with the Kings.
“The team’s on the rise,” Joerger said. “There’s still some heavy lifting to do but some of the heavy lifting has been done. This is not a blow it up, let’s start all over again situation. We’re on the road to recovery.”