Over the past few days, we have heard the Kings chasing some names such as Chuck Hayes (who is now a King), Andrei Kirilenko and Jamal Crawford. While our opinions of them have been varied to say the very least but they all have one thing in common: A changed mindset this season.
In offseasons past, the Kings have been associated with words such as frugal, rebuilding and youth. However these names are not namesthe Kings would have considered signing it it was 2009 or 2010. These are names you would associate with a rebuilding team. It feel as if the Kings have one purpose this season and that is to dramatically improve their win total or at least winning percentage this season. While I cringed when I heard the Kings' name being linked to guys like Jamal Crawford, but nderstand, you should feel very pleased that the Kings are pursuing these veteran players because veterand players don't want to come to teams whose main priority is to develop their young players. They want to come to a team that has its sights on winning.
And for those reasons, I think we can be very excited for what the 2011-2012 season will have in store. Management and the coaching staff have basically told the fanbase that winning will take on a much more importance. The success of this seson isn't just going to be tied down to primarily developing young players, albeit that should always be a continual goal.