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Pete Youngman is joining the G League Ignite team as athletic trainer

The former Kings trainer will oversee the health and physical development of players using the G League development program as a bridge to the NBA.

A few months ago it was announced that a new, separate G League team would be created as a development program for high school players who want to skip college and go directly to the G League. The team will be located in Walnut Creek, CA. As information continues to trickle out, it was revealed today that the team would be called NBA G League Ignite. Sean Cunningham shared this news on twitter, and then we learned something much more relevant to the Kings.

Former Kings trainer Pete Youngman, who was a trainer for the Kings for 25 years, will be serving as the trainer for the Ignite team. It's great to see Pete landing another NBA-adjacent role.

Youngman and his staff left the Kings as, according to Youngman, former assistant GM Brandon Williams and Kings COO Matina Kolokotronis wanted to make a change.

If you're on Twitter, Pete is a wonderful follow. He's very gracious and shares great old anecdotes. We're thrilled to hear about his new position and wish him the best of luck!

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Dirkula
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September 2, 2020 4:53 pm

Sweet! Congrats Pete!

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September 2, 2020 5:05 pm

You love to see it.

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September 2, 2020 5:20 pm

Certainly the more deserving Pete to have a job in this league!

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September 2, 2020 5:47 pm

Where is my payment for that meme? I demand compensation.
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I’ll settle for some of that fine olive oil.

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September 2, 2020 7:30 pm

Went from the NBA to the GLeague and got a better and more respected job. Let that wash over you for a moment.

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September 2, 2020 7:36 pm

Great hire and Youngman will be very valuable while awaiting his next NBA or MLB job !

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September 2, 2020 9:34 pm

Even with all the memes here, really happy for Pete. Really sucks this organization let him go.

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September 2, 2020 10:20 pm
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His reply to this article and pic on Twitter:

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September 2, 2020 9:51 pm

Go Pete !!

That said, I’m gonna watch Lu Dort ball a lot next year. Love that guy.

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September 2, 2020 10:32 pm

OT, Kings again furloughing staff.

Couldn’t they have furloughed Vlade and Peja? It could be argued that they are non-essential employees who did not contribute much. Now they, and Joerger, still get paid, while people lower in the pecking order have to deal with this.

Also, it is kind of sweet and sour that the Kings are on the forefront of social issues but apparently won’t go the extra mile to pay their employees. I wonder if Matina took a paycut.

Also “funny” that Vivek lets Dumars be the messenger.

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September 2, 2020 10:38 pm

Will the ignite have any potential top prospects in next year’s draft?

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September 3, 2020 8:47 am
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Could be more with a lot of college programs cancelled this year.

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September 3, 2020 11:58 am
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Nice. I live in the area. It will be cool to do some scouting of players the Kings can potential pick in the lottery next season. Assuming fans are ever allowed to attend games again.

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September 3, 2020 8:29 am
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KInd of a dick move to decide to hire Nash in May while they let Atkinson coach in the bubble.

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September 3, 2020 9:37 am
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Atkinson was fired in March. The Nets had Jacque Vaughn as their interim HC through the bubble and have retained him as their lead assistant.

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September 3, 2020 8:34 am

Pete also loves Scott Perry. I remember reading a tweet saying while Scott was with the team, it was the first time since the new ownership group took over where it felt like a “normal” basketball team or something like that. I’m too lazy to look it up and no longer frequent Twitter, but I thought that was interesting.

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