Dave Joerger Rumors
Lowe also inquired about the fourth-year head coach’s relationship with Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who flew into Sacramento to meet Joerger following his introductory press conference. “We’ve had a good beginning to our relationship, a good start this summer. I think the Olympic experience is only going to help him.”
Joerger is regarded as an excellent tactician even among those associated with his former organization. Asked his thoughts about losing his job despite a 147-99 (.598) record and playoff appearances in all three seasons in Memphis, he nodded briefly. “Why did they want to go in a different direction?” he responded. “Good question. It was a tough year. We had nine point guards. It was exhausting, as well. Our guys fought like crazy. I don’t know. I hope that people think, ‘He’s one of the nicest people.’ Now, do I have a minor-league mindset of working your tail off and doing every single thing you can? I’m not a wild gambler, but I’m definitely not afraid to take risks.”
Incoming calls from other teams have been dismissed. There seems to be zero desire to even talk about a Cousins trade from the Kings’ side. Unless things are just brutally bad out of the gate, the Kings likely play out the first season under Coach Joerger and make decisions from there once they know more. There is no doubt that Cousins’ looming free agency in 2018 will become a factor; it’s just not one right now.
“I would like to return to the NBA and work again with Dave Joerger, the coach I had in the Memphis Grizzlies who is now on the bench of the Sacramento Kings”, said the Greek point guard to Sport24.gr. “The NBA is the highest level of basketball on the planet and remains a big dream for me. The Kings’ interest honors me, and I want to thank them for that”. He then added that, “I must also respect the fact that Panathinaikos wanted me to return playing for them in the upcoming season. After all these, I am 100% devoted in leading the efforts of Panathinaikos to return on the top of Greece and Europe”.