In a league where the off-court goings on have many times surpassed what happens between the lines of 94 x 50, what's going on in Sacramento is peculiar even by NBA standards.
The less-than-solid relationship between third-year head coach Dave Joerger and the team's front office took a strange turn Thursday with Joerger requesting Kings assistant general manager Brandon Williams not be in attendance a shootaround, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Reported tension between Joerger and and the front office was revealed almost two weeks ago by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. He reported the front office was not pleased with how Joerger was handling the team's young core and the minutes, especially No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley, were playing.
"Dave (Joerger) has our full support and confidence," Kings GM Vlade Divac said, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. "We continue to work together to develop our young core and compete."
According to Amick's report, Joerger believes Williams intentionally leaked the false information to Haynes with the intention of jeopardizing his job security. The coach pushed the organization to punish Williams, which has not yet happened.
A meeting was called by Divac between himself, Joerger, agent Warren LeGarie and owner Vivek Ranadive on Nov. 21, according to Amick. After the meeting, Joerger left feeling somewhat confident Williams would be disciplined.
However, since that has not taken place, "an even stronger sense than before" that the team is not completely behind Joerger, according to Amick.
Divac said he's instructed all involve to focus on the big-picture aspect.
"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," the GM said. "And that's what we're going to do."