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Kings Hire New Head Coach

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Kings have a new head coach. On Monday, Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac hired recently-fired Memphis Grizzlies' head coach, Dave Joerger to lead the Kings' turnaound.


In a statement, Divac said, “I am thrilled to welcome Dave to the Sacramento Kings. He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results. Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning and I look forward to a bright future ahead for the Kings with his leadership on the court.”

Joerger's record with Memphis was 147-99 in the regular season -a .598 winning percentage.

The Kings have won only 90 games — .366 winning percentage — in that time.

The Grizzlies made the playoffs in each of his three seasons and won 50 games in two of those. Joerger was fired Saturday.

Memphis set an NBA record by using 28 players last season. No NBA team had reached the playoffs using 24-or-more athletes on its roster in a single season.  

Joerger led five teams to championships in three different basketball leagues prior to becoming an NBA assistant coach.

The Kings have had five head coaches in the last five years.

The  Kings have scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio