Sacramento Kings Rumors
Jason Anderson: Worth noting: Joerger said his exchange with Hield “wasn’t about shot selection,” but it WAS about Hield not running the play he called. Kind of a distinction without a difference. Anyway, the words you all probably want to hear Joerger say about Buddy: “I love him to death.”
Jason Jones: Joerger on his late exchange w/ Hield Thursday: “I was a little animated at a time when the cameras are really on you…that stuff shouldn’t happen out in front. Sometimes you can’t coach off camera.” Said he “loves” Hield and it’s no big deal
A heated exchange between Kings coach Dave Joerger and guard Buddy Hield during a critical moment in Thursday night’s 125-123 loss to the Golden State Warriors gained widespread attention on television, radio and the internet. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard even weighed in with some pointed words on Twitter.
A league source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the altercation, said Joerger was upset because Hield’s shot was not the play he called from the sideline. “Why don’t you just coach the f—ing team?” Joerger said as Hield made his way to the sideline during a dead-ball situation. Joerger and Hield exchanged words for about 40 seconds while Warriors forward Kevin Durant stood nearby listening. “What’s wrong with your coach?” Durant asked Hield. “You made a great shot.”
“That’s the fourth game that we deserved to lose against this team,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said after Thursday night’s 125-123 win over the Kings. “But [we] just figure it out at the end of the games. … Sometimes you’re not going to win it with the team game and the way we always play. Sometimes you’re just going to have to play streetball, you know what I’m saying? I think tonight, throughout spurts of the game, both teams did that.”