New Kings coach Dave Joerger will not take the usual approach during summer league; he said he plans to coach the team when play begins July 8 in Las Vegas.
“I think in this case, and I don’t know that I’m going to coach the whole duration of it because usually summer league is for the younger guys on your staff to take on roles that are bigger than what they normally do,” Joerger said. “I have done that and will do that again but we have some new guys and some new people and some new pieces, and I want to teach so that the rest of the staff knows exactly how I want it done.
“Wind it up and let them go, and there’s not a better system for that. Also with this many young guys I can get my hands on them pretty good.”
The Kings are expected to have four draft picks on their summer league team, first-round picks Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere and second-round pick Isaiah Cousins.
Some second-year players, including Willie Cauley-Stein, also are expected to participate.
Summer league also gives the coaching staff an opportunity to work together, especially important for coaches who have not worked with Joerger.
Assistants Elston Turner, Duane Ticknor and Jason March were on Joerger’s staff in Memphis last season.
Assistant coaches Corliss Williamson and Nancy Lieberman are returning from last season’s staff under George Karl. Bryan Gates also is joining Joerger’s staff after being in Minnesota last season.