How the Kings Organization Fits Into Team Tyreke's Blueprint

Sam Amick's profile of Tyreke Evans's support system (don't miss the blog addendum as well) was fantastic, and largely made me feel good about Tyreke's future. He is surrounded by mature men, fellows who obviously know what they're doing and really do seem to have Tyreke's best interest at heart.

The question is whether Tyreke's best interest matches up with the Kings' best interest.

I chewed on the profile after reading it, and something stuck in my teeth a bit. It's the full Blueprint, I think. The level to which Evans's future is charted. The Blueprint calls for the Rookie of the Year award, championships and league MVP awards, and, somewhat hilariously detailed, two max contracts.

Players should have goals, just like the rest of us. This is, in general, a good thing to hear. But there's another side, a side in which Team Tyreke, so desperate to lead Evans to his basketball destiny, thinks it knows how best to get Tyreke to a championship, to an MVP. What if Team Tyreke thinks that Evans can never be an MVP with a fellow high-scorer (say, Kevin Martin) in the backcourt? What if Team Tyreke prefers this big man to that one, and doesn't think the Kings can win a championship until that one is traded? What if Team Tyreke thinks the team's best chance to win comes with Tyreke playing this position with these players, even though the coaching staff and front office feel differently?

At what point does Team Tyreke step in to further its goals, to ask the Kings to trade another player or to play Tyreke differently? Does that happen next season? In three years? Is it already happening now?

This isn't a LeBron James situation, in which the pressure of losing James forces Danny Ferry to make moves with today in mind, and forces Mike Brown to defer to LeBron in the game plan. That's not explicit power -- that's implicit power. Superstars have that. Tyreke has that. If he has a disastrous relationship with a coach, you're going to fire the coach. No question. That's implicit power.

With such a smart, decisive, focused and mature support system, Tyreke could have explicit power. His brothers, so exacting and potent to this point in his career, could feel they need to change the conditions so that the Blueprint continues unabated. They may not even agree with Tyreke! Evans might actually like playing with a high-scoring guard, even if his numbers are depressed. But if it doesn't fit the Blueprint, if an MVP isn't in the cards ... what will Team Tyreke do?

That's what makes me nervous. It's too hard to win a championship to allow a team to cede power to outsiders with nothing on the line but personal achievement. The buck has to stop within the organization, and players and player reps -- agents, handlers, brothers or otherwise -- can't be making personnel decisions. Leave it those with the experience of building teams, a less biased worldview and a job on the line.

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