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Pete Youngman steps down as Director of Sports Medicine

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Youngman has been a longtime staple in Sacramento

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Pete Youngman has stepped down as Director of Sports Medicine for the Sacramento Kings, according to the team. Youngman has been with the Kings medical staff since 1993 and has also handled responsibilities for travel arrangements and accommodations. Under Youngman the Kings have regularly ranked well in ranking tracking total games missed by players, but have also had some notable minsdiagnosed injuries over the years. Overall Youngman is very well respected throughout the league.

Around Sactown Royalty he’s become the subject of the “Youngman!” meme, which I’ve heard anecdotally that Pete is amused by. I hope that’s true. Most fans bases probably couldn’t tell you who their head trainer is, we make ours into memes.

I’m not going to pretend to know if this is a smart move or a mistake, but it’s a known and respected face leaving the day to day operations of the organization.

The Kings released the following statement:

>STATEMENTS ON TRANSITION OF SACRAMENTO KINGS DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MEDICINE PETE YOUNGMAN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ---- Today, Sacramento Kings Director of Sports Medicine Pete Youngman released the following statement that he is stepping down from his day-to-day role as the Director of Sports Medicine and will serve as a Senior Advisor moving forward.

“I have cherished my time with the Kings and want to thank Vlade, Coach Joerger and the incredible staff for the opportunity. I am very proud of our team and staff, look forward to my next steps in this new role and I am confident we have a bright future ahead of us.”

The Sacramento Kings issued the following statement:

”Today, Pete informed the organization that he is stepping down from his day-to-day role as the Director of Sports Medicine and will serve as a Senior Advisor moving forward. Pete has been a vital asset to our organization over the past 25 years and we thank him for all of his invaluable contributions to the franchise. Pete will always be a part of the Sacramento Kings family, he is beloved by players, coaches, the management team and has a stellar reputation as a respected expert across the league and throughout the industry.”