Pacific Notes: Kings, Perkins, Kupchak

New Kings head coach Dave Joerger wants to bring the “grit and grind” philosophy he employed in Memphis with him to Sacramento, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee writes. “We’re going to bring that here,” said lead assistant coach Elston Turner, who was also on Joerger’s staff in Memphis. “We’re going to pick up the physicality; we’re going to put our hands on you. Teams are going to know that we’re on the floor. So the [Kings’] scoring may come down a bit, but believe me, the defensive part is going to raise up.

That’s what we want to do as an organization,” Joerger added. “If we’re going to play winning basketball, we feel like we’ve got to do a better job defensively, and we want to set that tone with this crew and especially the guys that are going to be on the roster. They’re going to have three steps forward in advantage when training camp comes.

Here’s more from out of the Pacific Division:

  • The Warriors didn’t make a contract offer to Marreese Speights, who inked a one-year deal with the Division-rival Clippers on Friday, Marcus Thompson of The Bay Area News Group relays (on Twitter).
  • One big man the Warriors have expressed interest in adding to the roster is veteran Kendrick Perkins, who is friends with newly signed Kevin Durant, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders tweets. The 31-year-old appeared in 37 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per outing.
  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is optimistic that the team’s offseason additions will move the franchise in the right direction, but the executive stopped short of predicting a playoff berth in 2016/17, Mark Medina of The Orange County Register relays. “I’m not quite sure what to expect,” Kupchak said. “A lot has to be seen from our young players before determining how much they can help us. With the veterans, they’re going to need some help from the younger players. They need to give them energy and quickness.
  • Kupchak also discussed the signing of center Timofey Mozgov, noting that adding depth at the five was a priority heading into the offseason, Medina relays. “From the beginning, it was a priority for us to get a big player,” Kupchak said. “I’m not going to tell you who the first, second or third or fourth [option] was. But clearly we were aggressive at the center position.”
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8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Kings, Perkins, Kupchak

  1. dstuart

    Why the Grizz ever fired Joerger is beyond me. That dude lead a starting five of four half dead guys and fully dead one to the playoffs. Absolutely baffling.

  2. Traveler

    Kings fired Malone because they want to play at a faster pace, hired Karl and then fired him as well. Now they’ve hired Joerger who plans on slowing down the pace…

    No wonder Rudy Gay wants to be traded, Kings are a circus act.

  3. Freddy K.

    Grizz fan here. I see some people who say that they are confused about the Grizz letting Joerger go, well, long story short, he was causing drama behind the scenes.

    Joerger’s biggest advocate was Jason Levien who is a back stabbing snake in the grass. Levien basically gave Joerger the job while Lionel Hollins was still coach. Hollins got Memphis to the Western Conf finals for the first time ever and Levien decided to let him go and hire his buddy Joerger. Well, fast forward and Levien gets fired by Grizz owner Robert Pera basically because Pera saw Levien for who he was and found out that Levien was intentionally giving him mis-information and causing drama. Well, that left Joerger with no allies in the front office. He had to work with a FO that basically hated him. I mean Grizz GM Chris Wallace was banned from coming to the Grizz offices under Levien.It was chaos. Also, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol did not like/trust Joerger either. It was time for him to leave. He had to go.


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