Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after 39-win season

Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after 39-win season

Even as the Los Angeles Lakers are dealing with the aftermath of Magic Johnson's sudden departure, one of their employees is desired by another California-based National Basketball Association team.

The team announced Thursday it has fired its third-year coach on the heels of his best season in Sacramento.

Though there was a public dispute between Joerger and Hield back in February, the head coach has control of the team and the respect of his players.

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After signing his extension, he fired Assistant General Manager Brandon Williams.

With Joerger out of the picture, Sacramento will look to fill a coaching vacancy that's far more desirable now than it was when Joerger took the position. Joerger has one year left on his deal.

Joerger led the Kings to a 39-43 record this season, which saw them finish ninth in the NBA's Western Conference. However, Sacramento missed the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. They were in playoff contention late in the season.

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The Kings lost 17 of their final 26 games of the season. Divac and Joerger were reportedly expected to meet Thursday, and reports had already surfaced that Joerger would be dismissed. But for now it adds to the uncertainty around one of the league's most confounding teams. He had his most success as a head coach while filling in for Steve Kerr during the first half of the 2015-2016 season that saw the Golden State Warriors set a record with 73 wins. That will probably be decided by the person that takes over for Johnson.

"I think he did a great job to make that step", Divac said.

Joerger is as qualified, if not more so, than numerous betting favorites to take over in Los Angeles next season.

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