Kings fans made it clear how highly they think of Dave Joerger.
On the same day an NBA source told NBC Sports California's James Ham that Joerger's job was not in jeopardy despite reports to the contrary, the crowd at Golden 1 Center gave the Kings coach a standing ovation ahead of the team's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dave Joerger gets a big ovation from Kings fans.— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) November 20, 2018
Coach Joerger receives a nice ovation from the Sacramento fans pic.twitter.com/t4ZsnudB9u— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) November 20, 2018
Sacramento fans have plenty of reason to be happy with Joerger. As The Athletic's Sam Amick noted Monday morning, the Kings started the season 8-7 after 15 games for just the third time since 2006. Young players like De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield took clear steps forward, too, but the most important thing might be that the Kings are flat-out exciting to watch.
They entered Monday tied for 15th in offensive rating (107.1), and second in pace (106.25), according to NBA.com. Joerger embraced a run-and-gun style that played to his young team's strengths, and the Kings got off to a much better start than just about anyone could have predicted.
Joerger is the ninth Kings coach since 2006. Based on their reaction Tuesday, Sacramento fans don't want their team to hire a 10th any time soon.