Dave Joerger Rumors
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.”
When the media doors opened to the Kings practice facility at the new Golden 1 Center Monday afternoon, point guard Ty Lawson was on the floor with his teammates. It’s been a rocky 72 hours for the 28-year-old after he missed a team flight to Kentucky, but he’s survived for the moment and will remain part of the Kings roster. “Ty had a personal issue and that stuff is non-basketball related,” coach Dave Joerger said. “There is no situation,” Joerger continued. “It’s in my hands. The decisions that were made of the plane and all that stuff, that’s on me. It’s a personal issue, I think has been very inaccurately reported.”