Next moves for the Kings - Key decisions after firing Joerger

Dave Joerger Relieved as Kings Head Coach   
   General Manager Vlade Divac Available to Media Today at 3:00 p.m

Dave Joerger Relieved as Kings Head Coach General Manager Vlade Divac Available to Media Today at 3:00 p.m

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. The 51-year-old has been in the role since August 2015. Still, most around the National Basketball Association believed the team's rapid improvement under Joerger and significant overperformance based on preseason expectations would have forced the organization to consider a contract extension.

In addition, he has put the Kings in position to push for the playoffs next season.

The Kings' head coaching gig has turned into the graveyard, and the next will be the franchise's 10th since it last qualified for the postseason in 2006.

The lack of consistency has been apparent for a decade. Still, this is a big gamble that may not pay off in the end.

Joerger is as qualified, if not more so, than numerous betting favorites to take over in Los Angeles next season. Fox and Hield were the leaders in a high-octane offense that emphasized the fast-break and transition game.

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Hey, even the national media started to pay attention to the young Kings and have given Sacramento their respect for the job they have done during the team's rebuild. Unfortunately, the Kings were in the bottom five of scoring defense this season.

Joerger, who has a 98-148 record without a playoff appearance in his three seasons with the Kings, had one year remaining on his contract.

Joerger was hired as the head coach in May 2016.

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. They gave up a little more than 115 points per game. He was sacked from there as well.

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