Browsing through the nets this morning, a Friday bullet on TrueHoop mentions this blurb on Truth About It.com
And this Flip Saunders quote: "Well, defensively, the team always takes the personality of their players."
This led to my version of a personality test for the crowned crew of the California Capital:
(give yourself 1 point for every A, 2 for B, 3 for C, 4 for D)
1. Defensively, this Kings team is:
A. Full of Scrap and not much else
B. Too young to tell
C. A hodge-podge of stoppers and floppers
D. The talent and strategy to be a League recognized force
2. Offensively, this Kings team is:
A. Tyreke and the Reke-anaires
B. As good or bad as anyone - indistinguishable
C. Full of all the needed weapons - effective but often confused
D. A collection of unstoppable forces: slashers, low post scorers, mid-range shooters, with some 3 point threats
3. The overall personality of this Kings roster is:
A. Reckless bon vivants - it's the NBA!
B. Developing: reserved with lowlights balancing the highlights
C. Spirited, collegial but with a few corporals and sargeants, no captain
D. Respectful, supportive with familial fondness and ready to move forward as a team
4. The coaching staff of the Kings is:
A. Prepping the team for Who's next? Think Chicago Bulls Doug Collins 1986-89
B. Re-learning the ropes and re-acting more than acting
C. On a roll, riding the wave, going one step at a time
D. Ready, willing and able. Bring it!
5.The Front Office of the Kings is:
A. Going through the motions: Doing what is needed to keep the business afloat (and ready to move)
B. Starting to climb out of the cellar they dropped the team in
C. Going from re-building to building. A youthful foundation is in place. More to come.
D. Content. The pieces are in place, the salaries are low, the downtown Arena should be completed in time for the championship run - in 3 years!
Does this team have a personality? The summer is a time when we outsiders get to see a different facet of the team. We have seen JT going to Israel, Tyreke, Landry and JT at the VSL, DMC and Whiteside posing for rookie pics, The Donté Greene show, etc. What positives and negatives do you all see at this time and foresee for the season(s) ahead?
Unlike Ziller, SHOCH, HT, Aykis16 and many more – I won’t do math or box models or pie charts. Just pie quotes. (Key: 0-5: Pessimist: Pessimism is as American as apple pie; frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese. George F. Will 6-10: Skeptic: - "The future… seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done." Edward Young 11-15: Optimist: - Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie eating nation can ever be vanquished NY Times, 1902 16-20: Fantacist: "Mmmm… pie pants… "Homer Simpson