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After health scare, ex-Cobber, Dragon Dave Joerger returns to coach Sacramento

Dave Joerger, who played college basketball at Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead, returned to coaching the Sacramento Kings after a health scare during last Sunday's game at San Antonio. Benny Sieu / USA TODAY Sports

SACRAMENTO—According to the Sacramento Bee newspaper, Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger resumed his coaching duties Thursday after leaving last Sunday's game at San Antonio due to lightheadedness.

The 43-year-old Joerger, who attended high school in Staples, Minn., played college basketball at Concordia College from 1993 to 1994 and at Minnesota State Moorhead from 1996 to 1997.

"I was scared," Joerger told the Sacramento Bee. "I was all the way there (conscious), but I just couldn't see for that minute. Going to sleep in San Antonio that night, you get scared. Is this the night I meet my maker?"

Joerger left two minutes into a game at San Antonio on Sunday when he became lightheaded.

Joerger slapped his hands together after a non-call, took two steps toward midcourt and then turned toward his bench and dropped to one knee. He braced himself with one hand on the court and another on a staff member before rising with the help of assistant Elston Turner. He was evaluated and flew back to Sacramento on Monday.

Team doctors cleared Joerger to coach again, with dehydration listed as the possible reason for his lightheadedness.

Joerger coached Dakota Wizards of Bismarck, N.D., as an assistant from 1997 to 2000 and as head coach from 2000-2004 and 2006-2007 in IBA, CBA and NBA Development Leagues winning championships in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007. He also coached the Sioux Falls Skyforce from 2004-2006, winning a championship in 2005.

Joerger became an assistant coach in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2007 to 2013, before becoming head coach from 2013-2016. He has been the Sacramento's head coach since 2016.