Kings' methodical coaching search ended with Dave Joerger
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac's first coaching search as general manager of the Sacramento Kings was methodical. He talked to about a dozen candidates over several weeks and was ready to bring in three finalists for a second interview before settling on a pick. That all changed when Memphis fired Dave Joerger on Saturday and a plodding search moved into warp speed. The Kings flew Joerger and his family to Sacramento on Sunday, hired him as coach a day later and introduced him at a news conference on Tuesday. ''We got pro
Kings hire coach Dave Joerger 2 days after firing in Memphis
Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings' decade-long playoff drought. Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings' ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman. ''He is a strong and passionate leader with a proven track record of producing results,'' general manager Vlade Divac said. ''Dave shares our focus on creating a long-term culture of winning and I look forward to a bright future
Analysis: Green will get the start at small forward in Game 6 Friday. He is replacing Jamal Crawford who started Game 5. It is not surprising the Clippers are opting to shake up their starting lineup again as they are trying to find the cure for the absent Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Green should see a relatively heavy workload.
Analysis: Martin, who required surgery on his left foot shortly after being drafted last summer, recently underwent a second procedure on the foot, something that was apparently planned all along. This latest operation is more of a follow-up surgery, so while it will limit Martin's activity during the offseason, he's still expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall. Thanks to a slew of injuries to the Grizzlies' big men in the second half of the season, coach Dave Joerger was forced to lean more heavily on the raw Martin than expected, as the rookie ended up appearing in 26 consecutive games -- including two playoff contests -- after Feb. 29, averaging 6.2 points (on 47.1% shooting from the field) and 3.6 rebounds over 16 minutes.