Just reading some random Reddit comments on this move, trying to get some perspective.One guy with a Grizzlies flair says
: "Grizzlies front office didn’t like him either. Dave is arrogant and convinced he’s the smartest person in the building. He’s been low key throwing shade about not wanting Bagley as the pick last year and they may be causing tension. I think the Kings job would be an attractive one so if they did let go of Dave it would be okay"
If Joerger really is an arrogant prick, maybe this starts to make more sense. On the flip side, always thought he had a good relationship with his vets, based largely on Vince Carter, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes, Kosta Koufos, and Jordan Farmar following him from Memphis to Sacramento.
Others are saying how Vlade wanted to develop players while Joerger wanted to win now. At first it's a head scratcher since the Kings don't have their own pick this year, but maybe "developing players" isn't always code for tanking, some times it really means the team wants to develop players. Joerger playing WCS over Bagley when the FO would rather see Bagley is a perfect example.
What's hilarious though, is this is such a Kings move. Hey front offices and coaches can disagree, but it shouldn't happen when the FO hires the coach. From an ESPN article last year:
Though it proved unnecessary once the Grizzlies let the coach walk, the Kings owner was prepared to offer cash compensation and a draft pick for Joerger, despite the fact that neither Ranadive nor Divac had met Joerger personally.
I find it hilarious that the Kings were willing to offer compensation to the Grizzlies for a coach that was already fired (and also who they never even met). How out of the loop can you be. Of course that quote also says Ranadive, not Divac, wanted Joerger, so maybe Joerger was more of a Ranadive hire than a Divac's one. But wanting a coach so bad but then firing him, that seems like a move the Kings stole out of the Knicks playbook, lol. At least Joerger made it 3 of the 4 years, not so bad I guess.