They say patience is a virtue, and that everything comes to him who waits. Well Kings fans, it's time to put these proverbs to the test here in Sacramento.
When we embarked on this youth movement and decided to move on from the glory years, we did it knowing that it might take a while. We did it knowing that there would be trials and tribulations, and a whole lot of tallies in the "L" column. We did it knowing that we would have to set up camp in the basement for several years and take a few poundings from our rivals in purple and gold before we could bounce back.
It's simply the reality of rebuilding. But "Here We Rise" from the ashes.
Like Chicago from the Great Fire of 1871, or the beautiful towers that are being constructed on top of the ashes removed from the site of Ground Zero; it takes destruction to create beautiful restoration.
That is why we shouldn't worry ourselves with the Dwight Howard trade of today, or the Steve Nash trade of a month ago to the ever-wealthy Los Angeles Lakers. We've always known that we would have to be patient and wait our turn.
The only team's fortunes these recent trades have hurt in the Pacific Division is the Los Angeles Clippers, and that is because they were primed to vie for a division title had the Lakers remained stagnant. With these moves, the Lakers have increased the distance between them and their L.A. counterparts.
But here in Sacramento, we'll lay in wait. We'll take our lumps now, because once Kobe and Nash finally give in to the test of time like the greats had to before them, and Gasol starts to show his age, they will be primed for the picking.
By that time, it will be Dwight Howard with a new set of faces in the starting lineup.
As we saw in Orlando, he didn't have what it took to win it all as the main piece of a team, and the salary he will demand next offseason to stay in Los Angeles will mean they'll pay a King's Ransom to keep him, ensuring that they will pay high penalties to team him with stars.
Although there are no guarantees in the constantly changing NBA landscape, it appears that we will have the opportunity to strike.
Yes, maybe once Kobe and Nash are gone, the Lakers will have Dwight teamed with Kevin Durant and Kyree Irving, along with a re-engineered Red Auerbach clone pacing the sidelines calling out plays (I mean it is L.A. right??).
But provided there's normalcy in Los Angeles, in three short years, Nash will most likely be retired at 41, Kobe will be 37, and Gasol will be 35 (and still as soft as he's always been).
At that point Tyreke Evans, Demarcus Cousins, and the rest of our team will be approaching their peak years. Reminiscent of the early 2000's, it will be a true TEAM from a small-market against a couple superstars from LaLa Land.
History always seems to repeat itself.
The NBA has changed a lot, for better or for worse, and even though its tough to have title aspirations as a small market team, we can always find pride and dignity in being better than Los Angeles.
That is why we shouldn't fret over the Dwight Howard saga.
We should simply look forward to the revenge that awaits.