It was either Shakespeare of Smashing Pumpkins' the end is the beginning is the end
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages (Jaques from William Shakespeare’s As you Like it)
The current Kings roster is as follows and 12 deep:
#9 Kenny Thomas
#13 Tyreke Evans
#18 Omri Casspi
#19 Beno Udrih
#20 Donté Green
#23 Kevin Martin
#31 Spencer Hawes
#32 Francisco Garcia
#34 Jason Thompson
#?? Sean May
That leaves at least one roster spot. Jon “Hoss” Brockman is available, and let’s not forget Bobby Jackson. The team has one”true” center currently, without any backup.
Of these 3 which do you believe most likely to fill a roster spot:
Coach Westphal has unhesitatingly heaped praise on Hoss. To us fans, he has quickly risen to the discussion level of “favorite” status. He has performed admirably and as advertised. He is tough, aggressive to the ball, hyperactive around the basket and grabs rebounds with gusto. Coach Westphal mentioned Paul Silas when speaking of Brockman. He was a classic Petrie pick – a head shaker at the time and on no one’s draft board at #38.
BJax has already qualified as a fan favorite. Looking painfully back at last season, Bobby Jackson was a player who would always enter the game with energy, heart and the fight to win. Do you remember the mask? He was a mostly positive presence in the locker room. He did not always make the best game decisions, but it was not for lack of trying. He was the cattle prod for those cowpoke Kings (you know who they are). He lives in and loves Sacramento and is the one piece that links this team to the former years of glory. He knows the Princeton and he is appreciated by management. He will even talk to Grant Napear.
A Backup Center
Many of you have written convincingly of the importance of having a back up 5. Spencer is young, foul prone, still learning and susceptible to injury. The new, bigger, bulkier 6’11” Jason Thompson can play some 5 but is even more foul prone and can’t learn to be a power forward if he is playing center. It might help his post up game but Hawes plays outside enough that post up opportunities should not be a problem. That leaves Sean May, Kenny Thomas, Dontè Green and Omri Casspi as your next biggest, bulkiest guys to man the middle. That is a motley crew for a NBA inside presence both on the offense and defense; of the two – it is defensively, that the Kings need more than Shock and Hawes around the rim.
Are the Kings done with the current cast of characters? Whom do you see being added?
Is this As you Like it? Or at least, as you expect it to be?