Kings hire coach who helped college player score 138 points in game
Does the name Jack Taylor sound familiar?
He made national headlines last year by scoring 138 points in a game while playing for Division III Grinnell. He even followed it with 71-point and 109-point games last season.
The 5-foot-10 Taylor lacks NBA potential, but one of his coaches is capitalizing.Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Sacramento Kings have hired an NCAA Division III assistant coach to become head coach of their NBA Development League affiliate in Reno, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Kings have reached agreement with Grinnell (Iowa) College assistant David Arseneault Jr., presumably to try and incorporate the Division III program’s well-chronicled high-scoring offensive system into the Bighorns.
Arseneault Jr. has been an assistant coach and point guard under his father, David Sr.
Color me unimpressed.
Grinnell runs a gimmick offense designed to set individual records at the expense of sound play. Tyler Burns reviewed Taylor’s 138-point game against Faith Baptist:
Why go to all that trouble?
Consider this the ultimate sell. Grinnell Sr. got his son promoted into a nice new job.
Maybe Arseneault Jr. is up to the task, but the reasons he has gained publicity have nothing to do with it. Grinnell’s gimmicks won’t work at higher levels, including the D-League.
Unless all Sacramento wants is a gimmick.
The D-League is not a profit center. Perhaps, fans will show up for wild, high-scoring games.
The Kings don’t own the Bighorns, so there are limits to their financial gains here. But maybe this move was made in accordance with Reno’s local ownership.
Or maybe the Kings made a questionable, at best, hire.