Geoff Petrie speaks, and like clockwork, seemingly pins Kings' struggles on Keith Smart

January 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie addresses the media during a press conference after naming Keith Smart (not pictured) head coach before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Pow - Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Geoff Petrie broke his vow of silence to ... blame the Kings' struggles on Keith Smart.

Someone nudged Geoff Petrie awake long enough for the Ivory Tower Philosopher to speak about the Kings' beautiful little 2-8 start. He stated the obvious for a bit (the offense is the problem), said he won't be making any rash player moves and ... pinned it on Keith Smart?

This is what it looks like when someone feeling some modicum of heat pins it on someone else. From the Bee's Jason Jones:

"I think in the short term, you have to give it a little more time," Petrie said. "And maybe there are different lineup combinations that will work better, maybe there are different rotations that will work better."

Lineup combinations and rotations? That's the coach's job. Admitting that the roster a) sucks by and large, and b) does not seem to have the parts needed to create well-rounded lineups would put the onus on Petrie. So of course he's not going to admit that the roster by and large sucks and does not seem to have the parts needed to create well-rounded lineups.

Petrie considered re-signing Jason Thompson, signing Aaron Brooks and drafting Thomas Robinson a successful offseason for a 22-44 team. But it's not his fault, right?

Note that I'm not absolving Keith Smart of blame in pointing this out -- the rotations have been screwier than a nympho in Bangkok. But the "do a crummy job, blame someone else" routine Petrie is pulling again needs to be highlighted, because he always does this crap.

The team has been awful for six years. Take some responsibility, champ.

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