Has the sparkle of early success been fool’s gold? An easy schedule, the experienced teams warming up before flexing their muscles (Spurs), the spotlight of the stage on these not ready for prime time players. We are all “victims” of success here.
Would you want it any other way?
The season started with the usual hopes and fears. A new coaching staff, a 4th pick who isn’t really a point guard, a 23rd pick who was unproven and unimpressive in pre-season, Beno Udrih. November started with the Kings 0-3 and a collective Gulp! From the fans.
November seems a distant dream. Kevin Martin goes down after a 48 point performance and the power and drama of Tyreke Evans emerges. An 8-5 month with 9 games at home. We fans should have been worried about the inconsistency: A 4 game winning streak followed by a 4 game losing streak followed by a 4 game winning streak followed by 4 game losing streak. But we weren’t, we didn’t care, the Kings were winning! Are we easily charmed? Like a coy smile from a beautiful girl, we melt. Shwing!
Let’s take today’s record: 15-28.
Would you prefer 1 win in October, 5 wins in November, 5 wins in December and 4 wins thus far in January? Would you trade the notoriety earned? Tyreke Evans – runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year. Omri Casspi – a top 5 rookie. Jon Brockman. Beno Udrih – in consideration at one point for Most Improved Player. Paul Westphal mentioned as a Coach of the Year candidate. A serious well thought out Railyards Arena proposal that would keep the Kings in Sacramento for another 30 years.
This has already been a banner season and there are 40 more games to go. Do you want more? Absolutely. Should you expect more? Of course. But I am patience preacher. Please, embrace your passion but temper it with some perspective. The Kings crown is made of pyrite but studded with gems. It may be said that all that glitters is not gold, but I encourage you to savor the glitter.