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BC-BKN--Kings-Joerger Fired

April 11, 2019
The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. General manager Vlade Divac says the organization needs to “move in a different direction” to reach the playoffs. The dismissal comes on the same day the Kings extended Divac’s contract through the 2022-23 season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons.

The team announced the decision Thursday, one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA’s longest active playoff drought.

General manager Vlade Divac said in a statement the organization needs to “move in a different direction” to reach the playoffs. The dismissal came on the same day the Kings extended Divac’s contract through the 2022-23 season.

Joerger had a 98-148 record in three seasons. The Kings went 39-43 this year, their best record since their last playoff season in 2005-06.

They have several talented young players in guards De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, forward Marvin Bagley III and center Willie Cauley-Stein.