One thing seemed to be made abundantly clear at yesterday's introductory press conference for Dave Joerger yesterday: Vlade Divac and Joerger are on the same page and it's up to everyone else to be there too. As Vlade said, "you're either in or you're out".
If you think that management and the coaching staff being of a like mind should simply be implied, I don't blame you. But the Kings aren't a normal organization, and the chaos of the last decade has rightly caused some doubts among fans. Heck, this coaching hire is the first time under Vivek Ranadivé that the GM actually got to pick his coach, yet another indication of all the problems the Kings have had in the past.
It seems as though the team is learning from its mistakes though. Vivek has visibly taken a more passive role in leadership, not even appearing at the press conference so as to give Vlade and Joerger the spotlight. Joerger also refused to make it all about DeMarcus Cousins either, turning most questions given to him about the Kings' enigmatic star around to be about the whole team.
It's hard to get excited about this team anymore after years of failed experiments, bad decisions and worse basketball, but it's also hard not to be impressed with Sacramento's recent string of solid moves, particularly hiring Ken Catanella and bringing in Dave Joerger. Vlade took his time, was very thorough, and in the end, was able to bring in a candidate that most people wouldn't have expected to be available, let alone want to come to Sacramento. These are very positive steps forward.
Of course, this is a results oriented league, and this team hasn't delivered on that front in years. Last year's offseason moves failed to deliver, and the Kings enter yet another summer in which big decisions will have to be made. Hopefully now with everyone on the same page, this team can move forward as one and begin to turn the tide of opinion, not through grandiose speeches or bold proclamations, but through good decisions and on-court results. That's what we've been waiting for all these years and I hope that we're finally at a point where that can become a reality. Let's hope that Vlade and Joerger are up to the task and this is finally a partnership built to last.