It’s 2012 and here we are again. You remember again don’t you? Again is the place where Sacramento Kings fans visit every January for the last six seasons. The playoffs are hopelessly out of sight and the fans start pinning their hopes on a brighter future by looking for a way out of the mess they are in. Some years it’s time to start looking for coaching replacements but mostly it’s about trading players and looking at the lottery. It is a bleak existence, so why am I bringing it up again? Why even go there?
I am here to advocate losing. To champion failure. To karaoke the fat lady singing on this 2012 season.
Let’s strategy ahead, and yes, that means if the Kings are going to lose, there is no goodness in losing halfway. That means if you can’t win enough to make the playoffs than lose and lose a lot. The best strategy is to have the team drown in ping pong balls come late May and the draft lottery. Painful as it is, it makes the most sense.
You have heard this before and you are sick of it. It is a tired refrain, but if you want this team to get better they have to do it through the draft. There is no other way.
Ownership: No money and it’s not a secret. The fans know it, the League knows it and you can darn well bet that the players and their agents know it.
GM: Geoff Petrie has pulled off some wonderful trades and some awful trades. Historically it’s a push and with the wallet constraints of today, the scales tip towards embarrassing. What’s his forte? The draft. Period. Evans and Cousins are big wins. Jimmer is an unknown.
Big name free agent signing. First – the Malindas will not bankroll the acquisition and second the Big Name FA will not allow himself to be here in SacTown.
Little or medium name free agents: The Kings had to spend $20M this year: Here is the depressing review: Marcus Thronton, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, Travis Outlaw, No SammyD, no Jamal Crawford, no Andrei Kirilenko, no Nene, Chandler or Marc Gasol. $20M doesn’t buy you much these days it seems. With their history of losing and their uncertain future of location and finances, Sacramento is not a desired destination in the NBA right now.
So what does that leave you? It leaves you the draft. And for the first time in five years this draft is a honey. There are more than one or two high level prospects on the board. The past four lotteries were dependent on lucking into the first or second spot for projected high level talent. This year is different. There are five or six names at the least that are coming out this year. My point: The Kings have had terrible luck, but this year that luck isn’t as important as the quality and depth is extended. A high level prospect can be had up to the 5th or 6th pick. All you need is position and ping pong balls. If you are going to lose, lose with a purpose. The Kings have already built the tank, they might as well drive it.
It is not going to be easy. There is some major suckitude in the Association this year. There is stiff competition for the cellar bottom from the Wizards, Bobcats, Hornets, Raptors, Pistons and Nets in particular. The Suns, Warriors and Bucks as well. Expect the ugliness to get dirty as the end of the season approaches. I expect the Kings to get the 8th pick in a 7 player draft but I sure hope they c
ontinue to keep their head up their hineys find a way to roll the dice and lose enough to better their odds. And yes, losing 5 extra games is better than the 9th pick.