Plan for the worst.
As with all other Kings fans, I share the excitement of having new ownership. Smart ownership. Ownership that isn't dependent on selling enough $10 beers in order to break even because the team is a prime source of income. Ownership smart enough to make a profit from the franchise, but can afford not to.
For the first time in many, many years, we have something to look forward to. The last time I can remember was when we traded to get Ron Artest. Still loves me some Ron-Ron...
But as the resident caring, touchy-feely member of SacTown Royalty, I do worry about the hangover from our long overdue basketball bacchanalia.
I truly believe we've landed a good coach in Mike Malone. I'm hardly an authority on the man's work, but I've read a lot of very positive things about him from people whose opinion I trust. I confess to the same about Travis Schlenk, and would certainly feel good about things should he be hired as the GM. Weaver is obviously interesting, as is Buford. Gotta love those San Antonio students. In any case, I think we'll get someone qualified, and not some bargain-basement retread.
Still, no matter what else happens, it is important to remember that we have a really lousy team. The pieces are not only mismatched, but I'm not certain that any of our players would be starters on any NBA team that won at least half of their games this year. We certainly have players with (yawwwwwwwwn) potential, but you don't get the NBA Commissioner standing in your locker room at the end of the season handing you a "NBA Champions of Potential" trophy.
Some free agents may be interested in coming here with new ownership, but not as many will be interested in having 41 games at the worst venue in the league. Sacramento has always had an uphill battle with marquee free agents, and that will be tough to change, for a variety of ingrained reasons. Hell, even when we were good, the best free agent we landed was probably Brad Miller. You can Google him, he had a really good season here once.
(The rumors I've heard in regard to Igoudala are interesting. There are certainly a myriad of permutations involving current Kings players that would easily be worth considering. Iggy is a player who could make a positive difference, and quickly.)
Bottom line: I'm loving Vivek, but he's not a miracle worker. There's a lot of offseason to go, and a few years before a new complex is built, and I am in a good place. It will be sweet to wholeheartedly support not just a team, but an organization, and to do so without the thousand paper cuts involved with putting money in the pockets of stupid and duplicitous men. There is an element of purity that has returned to our fandom, and I'm grateful for it. I'm only concerned about a backlash among some when the bloom begins to fade after the honeymoon.
Patience, Kings fans. Hope for the best...