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Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac wants his organization to try to ignore the noise and focus on its surprising season.
That may be easier said than done, of course, but according to Divac it’s worth a try.
Divac addressed the awkward situation between coach Dave Joerger and assistant general manager Brandon Williams, as Joerger requested that Williams not be in attendance at a recent shootaround.
Williams is the suspected source behind a report that indicated Joerger may be on the hot seat despite the Kings’ surprising start.
“I have advised my front office and coaching staff to not focus on drama and rumors, but instead to focus on continuing to develop our young and exciting team,” Divac said in the statement, via The Athletic. “And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Joerger also addressed the situation when asked about it at a recent press conference.
“My job is to make sure we are as prepared as we can be for the task in front of us and to try and limit as much distractions as possible with our group,” Joerger said.
“The sunshine on this team and this group of players in our city is as high as it’s been since I’ve been in the NBA from the outside and three years that I’ve been here. Like I said I’m just trying to keep the distraction to a minimum with our group.”
The Kings improved to 11-11 after a nail-biter of a 111-110 home win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.