The Sacramento Kings appear to be a team that needs a roadmap both on and off the court. From the failed attempts to build a new arena to the futile efforts to put a winning team on the basketball court, this team is in a holding pattern in more ways than one. Is Sacramento a long term option for NBA basketball? Absolutely. Are the owners committed to staying in Sactown? They say they are. Should we take them at their word? No. So where does that leave us as fans? In a confused state of mind is where I am.I really like the progress that has been made on the court in the past few years by the Kings. The additions of Jason Thompson, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmer Fredette, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Robinson have built a solid corps. Add in the addition of Marcus Thornton through a ripoff trade with New Orleans and on paper this team is built to contend. The problem is the game isn't played on paper. The other problem is real life doesn't play out on paper either. Taking people at their word can also come back to bite you from time to time, as Kevin Johnson found out. Point being, there is still a bunch of uncertainty surrounding this team and the direction they are headed in. There were rumors prior to the draft that Tyreke Evans was potentially on the trading block. Like wtf!? Wasn't he supposed to be the savior of our franchise after averaging 20-5-5 and garnering ROY? Yeah he's been injured the past few years and still has a horrendous jump shot, but the guy is still a bona fide player in the league. Then came last year's drafting of Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas. The two proceeded to flip flop roles as Isaiah performed how Jimmer was expected to and Jimmer turned into the project that Isaiah was supposed to be. Add in the coaching carousel that has surrounded this team and you have a recipe for a holding pattern.
Are the Kings going to be a playoff team this year? Probably not. Is Thomas Robinson going to legitimately help the front court and provide production next to DeMarcus Cousins? Absolutely. The problem lies in the fact that time is of the essence. We as fans are tired of waiting for this team to return to the playoffs. We as fans are tired of waiting on an arena deal that was so close to being completed. The Maloofs are tired of hearing about their money problems and their unwillingness to sell the team. This has become a very sticky situation that is very fragile in a variety of ways. What if the Kings don't make the playoffs in another 4 or 5 years? What if the Maloofs aren't forced to sell the team and they get a loan from Henry Samueli? Yeah we can sit here and play the what if game all day but the reality is these are legitimate concerns that need to be taking seriously.
I will be a KIngs fan until the day I die no matter what happens. I won't be an Anaheim Kings fan or a Seattle Kings fan or whatever they become if they leave Sacramento. I watched almost every game last season with so much pride despite the 22-44 record. Some of the greatest memories from last year were: the opening night victory over the Lakers, the home victory over OKC, the road victory in hostile San Antonio and many others. I hope to enjoy another season of continued growth from this basketball team. Hopefully having a full season of Isaiah at the point will do wonders for the offense. The Kings would aslo benefit greatly from a consistent rotation of players that Paul Westphal never seemed to establish. I like Keith Smart as a coach and I'm excited to see what he can do with a fresh start. He did wonders for the offense after taking over for Westphal, but the defense remains a concern. The Kings have the personnel to be a decent defensive team but like anything else, most of it comes down to effort and positioning.
Anyway, warm regards STR community I've missed you all greatly! I haven't compiled many fanposts in recent months but I hope you enjoyed the read. Here's to another fun Kings season!