Dave Joerger Rumors
The Kings’ All-Star was asked after Sacramento’s 113-94 win over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena what were some of the positives about his latest coach, Dave Joerger. The answer was funny and honest. “I like him and he likes me,” Cousins said. Following last season’s saga with George Karl as coach, much attention will be paid to the relationship between Joerger and Cousins.
Cousins said last week he likes that’s there’s no gray area with Joerger. He makes everything plain and clear and that’s a plus. Joerger said he hasn’t done anything out of character to try to connect with Cousins. “I didn’t really do anything special other than try to be yourself,” Joerger said. “I think if you try to be somebody else that’s always a problem. Players can always see right through that so just be yourself, what you’re trying to do, how we’re trying to build it for the future of our team this season and going out for future years.”
A season without expectations. That is what everyone, from Dave Joerger to Vlade Divac, has said entering the 2016-17 Sacramento Kings season. But on the eve of opening night, DeMarcus Cousins wants no part of that. “I have one goal, that’s playoffs,” Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. “That’s success for me right now.”
Jason Jones: Ty Lawson said Joerger has told him to expect to play 30-40 minutes a night in the first eight games w/ Collison out.
Kings players still around from recent seasons seem to welcome Joerger’s approach. “We always felt last year we could score on anybody, but we couldn’t get stops,” forward Omri Casspi said. “We’ve emphasized in camp if we get stops, we’re going to be tough to guard. We’ve always known that we have enough talent to score. So when you put guys in the right situations, right spots everyday and force your will on the defensive end, you can see better results.”
Joerger isn’t revolutionizing defense. He’s just stressing fundamentals. “We practice defense more than we practice offense, and for me, I think that’s a good thing because defense is what’s going to win you games,” Barnes said. “Offense is going to come along, but like I said, it just becomes such a habit that it’s contagious and you can become effective at it.”