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Joerger says sun still shining on Kings despite outside noise

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The recent drama surrounding the Sacramento Kings comes with lots of questions and coach Dave Joerger tackled them head on prior to Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Joerger was first asked about reports he requested that assistant general manager Brandon Williams not be admitted to shootaround. Williams is the suspected source behind a story from Yahoo Sports that indicated Joerger was on the hot seat. (Williams, by the way, was indeed absent from shootaround.)

"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," Jorger told reporters, via Jason Jones of The Athletic.

"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."

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The Kings entered the night as one of the league's biggest early surprises, sporting a record of 10-10 and trailing the West-leading Clippers by just four games.

Joerger indicated his love for his team and the game overall is why he's not bothered by rumors and reports.

"When you sign up and you want to be in this business, this is a part of it," he said. "Winning, losing, being out in front of the media three times a day, making decisions. I love the last two minutes of a game more than anybody around.

"I think that’s my drug and my thrill, and for that you get to deal with some stuff and I’m OK. Like I said, I like our group, our coaching staff has been together for a long time, so we rely on each other. We spend a lot more time together than we do with our families.

"And I love the game and I know this just a part that sometimes comes with it."