Kings' Coach Dave Joerger Defended His Team's Selection Of Marvin Bagley With A Take So Hot It'll Burn Your Eardrums
If you told me that the Kings' locker room was being repainted on the day in which this quote was offered I'd believe you, as it's very much something you'd expect to hear from someone huffing hallucinogens. That said, when it comes to young players who you've invested the entirety of your future in, why not be high on your own supply? As good as they may be, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant make for nothing short of insanely lofty expectations of De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, but if a Head Coach doesn't have an irrational belief in players with which his job security rests then who the hell will?
When you really think about, this is as low-risk, high-reward a prognostication as one could possibly put forth. We'll have our laughs at the expense of Dave Joerger for the next 24 hours or so, but - if five years down the line - he's even remotely close to being right then he'll probably have helped turned a junk pile into a juggernaut as the Nostradamus of the NBA. Of course, he's much more likely to have grown to regret passing on someone whose already proving why he was widely considered the most can't-miss prospect in the draft in Luka Doncic, but why not go big or go home if - for better or worse - your own house is already in order?