In his season preview, Grantland's Zach Lowe included the following eyebrow-raising nugget:
Owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea to the team's brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
Slightly less fun is the immediate follow up, but it's also important (emphasis mine):
The Kings aren't actually going to do that, but their D-League might, and it shows Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of "position-less" ball.
So how should we feel about this? At first glance, this seems insane. 4-on-5 basketball isn't the norm, and there's a reason for that. Ball movement could decimate such a defense. The only situation where it might make sense would be against a team with no outside shooting, and you could run a zone. The Kings have good defensive rebounders in DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans, which would be key to the strategy. Even still, it's probably a bad idea.
But does any of that actually matter? I don't think it does. Vivek isn't instructing Michael Malone to run this strategy. He's pitched the idea to the team's brain trust. A brain trust that consists of Pete D'Alessandro, Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond, Michael Malone, and many others. Those folks are going to explain to Vivek why that may not be a good strategy.
What I take from this is that Vivek remains committed to seeking out any and every opportunity to exploit the game. Remember, Vivek's first exposure to basketball was coaching his daughter's rec league team, where Vivek implemented a full court press and took an untalented team to the league's championship. This is what Vivek does.
Vivek can toss out ideas. He's the owner. It's his prerogative. Personally, I'll start to worry if he begins meddling to the point of overruling the brain trust. Until then, we can sit back as the league laughs at the ideas Vivek throws out.
Besides, on the scale of "crazy ideas from Kings owners", this barely registers.