Ken Catanella Rumors
Heading into the offseason, what will you be focusing on stepping into this role as an Assistant General Manager? “I look forward to collaborating with the Kings front office and basketball operations staff – helping them continue to move to the upper echelon in the League in areas including but not limited to: player evaluation and scouting, player development, analytics, salary cap management and sports science, while putting processes and best practices into place that I’ve observed in the NBA, college and international ranks.”
But the Kings have done two smart things in the past two weeks: hiring Ken Catanella from the Pistons as assistant general manager, and snaring Joerger. Both hiring processes were a little messy. The race for the spot that eventually went to Catanella was marred by miscommunication, per several league sources. Coaches asked out of the Kings’ hiring process, and others simply used them as leverage to prove they could make the short list of at least one team.
Sometimes there appears to be a civil war among basketball’s executives. On one side are the “basketball guys,” the old-school minds who trust their eyes for their evaluations and are considered dinosaurs by the younger generation. On the other side is the analytics crowd, the numbers guys the older generation sarcastically says judge players with calculators because they don’t know the game. Then there’s Ken Catanella. Catanella, hired Thursday by the Kings as assistant general manager, is caught between the two, making him ideal for the new role. The Kings have been searching for someone who knows the NBA salary cap and the collective bargaining agreement to help general manager Vlade Divac.
Catanella is a numbers whiz who worked as a graduate assistant for the Duke men’s basketball team while pursuing his MBA. He played at Amherst College and professionally for the Cologne 99ers, and was the general manager for that franchise in Germany. Catanella also has worked for the NBA as a salarycap and analytics expert, and he’s worked on Wall Street. He was an assistant general manager for the Detroit Pistons before joining the Kings. “My history in the game has been (across) the basketball spectrum,” Catanella said. “My education happens to be in the CBA and analytics, and that’s actually what I bring to an organization. So I’m very much looking forward to working with Vlade, whose basketball credentials speak for themselves.”