The Kings team was saddened today when the team announced that it finally decided it was time to put their seasoned veteran, John Salmons, to sleep. The decision to put the two time King down came after a string of sub par performances, where he just did not seem to have the will to live anymore. The situation is nothing new to Kings coach Mike Malone.
"It's always a hard decision, but we did not want to drag this out and make it a Barbaro situation" said the coach, who was faced with a similar situation last year, when Richard Jefferson was spared after a last minute plea by current King injured King Carl Landry.
"It was a mistake by me. I saw how miserable Richard Jefferson was last year, and I don't wish that on anyone," said Landry, "He just wasn't the same young pup, he didn't want to play with me anymore, and just didn't have that same shimmer in his eye. I thought it would be best to just let it happen this go round."
Salmons, once a legitimate scoring threat and defender in the NBA, did not know what was happening.
"I called him into my office, and told him we were going to go for a car ride. He always loved a good car ride." Mike Malone said of the experience. "He was so excited, going up to each one of his teammates with that smile of his telling them he'd be right back. I think Jason took it the hardest"
"It was hard. I was fighting back tears as I said goodbye, but he was so happy about the car ride, that he didn't even notice, it really was for the better." the longtime King said. "If Isaiah wasn't there to lighten the mood, I probably would have lost it."
Isaiah Thomas reportedly rubbed Salmon's belly and gave him his best squeaky toy.
"Once I had him in the car," the coach explained, "I told him we needed to stop by Pete Youngman's office to drop off some paperwork, I asked him to bring it to him, as it was just too hard to make that trek with him. Pete said that he never knew what was coming, and he fell asleep with a smile still on his face. His last words were him talking about the car ride we were about to go on."
Rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum reportedly still have not been told.
"We thought they were too wet behind the ears to tell right away, we told them that he was sent to the Bighorns on a special assignment." Kings Center Demarcus Cousins said. "While this is a hard time for all of us, Coach told us that we may be able to get another Small Forward if we are all good."
This is just one of many steps into the next era under Vivek Ranadive.